Adelaide, Feb 15: Controversy at ICC World Cup 2015, again. Two in two days. And both involving the umpires and Decision Review System (DRS). The latest came in India-Pakistan Pool B game at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
On the inaugural day Saturday, James Taylor of England was robbed of a century after umpires Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Billy Bowden (third umpire) erred when Australia reviewed a LBW decision.
Today, at Adelaide Oval, third umpire Steve Davis of England stunned all when he overruled an on-field decision on Umar Akmal.
When it comes to India-Pakistan match, even the smallest errors get noticed. Now, DRS controversy has erupted thanks to Davis.
In the 25th over, Indians appealed for a catch off Akmal. Captain and wicektkeeper MS Dhoni, who took the catch was confident of the batsman edging it to him. However, English umpire Richard Kettleborough said not out.
But Dhoni, who is not a big fan of DRS, used the review system immediately. After seeing several replays, Davis relayed the "out" message to Kettleborough, who changed the decision and sent back Akmal for a duck. DRS will be used for all 49 matches at World Cup.
In this World Cup, International Cricket Council (ICC) is using Real-Time Snickometer among other technology, to detect edges. However, on this particular dismissal there was very little evidence on the device. It was not conclusive. But Davis thought otherwise.
Unless umpires are 100% sure after using technology, they cannot overturn on-field decisions. And all benefit of doubt should go to batsmen. But not in this case.
Following this, there was outrage on social media. "Snicko" was trending on Twitter. Davis, the Australian match official, came under attack.
Some of the reactions from Twitter
That snicko was very low and muffled, not high and spiky like a usual edge. I reckon the man in seat 32B might've let one slip.— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) February 15, 2015
What? That is ludicrous. I have never seen a wicket given with that level of movement (virtually none) on snicko before. #CWC15— Hazel (@hackneyhaz) February 15, 2015
How on earth can you give that out!!!?!?! Disgraceful decision by the Third Umpire! Snicko showed nothing!? Absolute disgrace! #INDvPAK— Ben Forbes (@Forbesie10) February 15, 2015
What's the point of snicko if you're going to ignore it completely? #IndvsPak 😡— theconsciousmuslim (@kam_shaheen) February 15, 2015
Just one question? Dear @ICC If you are not going to follow Snicko what was the need of having it at first place?— Farhan Khan Virk (@FarhanKVirk) February 15, 2015