Football has been dogged by controversies since the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) with fans and players alike left a bit baffled by some of the decisions being made, especially in England’s Premier League. But it seems football is not the only sport facing a problem when it comes to decisions being based on video replays. Cricket too has not been spared. ‘Soft signals’, ‘Umpire’s call’ and some of the decisions made by third umpires in general across the sport have stirred up controversies. The latest coming in the second ODI between New Zealand vs Bangladesh being played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
On Tuesday, a decision made by the third umpire caused massive controversy and left the bowler Kyle Jamieson and some of his New Zealand teammates shell-shocked.
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal drove a fullish delivery back to the bowler. Jamieson got down really low to complete a wonderful return catch. The on-field umpire called upon the third umpire to see if the catch was taken cleanly, with the ‘soft signal’ being given as ‘out’.
While making the decision, the third umpire is heard saying, “got the ball on the ground, and the player is not fully in control”. He went on to overturn the ‘soft signal’ and gave the batsman ‘not out’.
As the ‘not out’ decision came up on the big screen, Jamieson and some of the other New Zealand players looked around in bewilderment, puzzled by the third umpire’s decision.
Watch the controversial decision here:
Kyle Jamieson is adjudged to not have full control of the ball before grounding it in his follow through. Out decision reversed
What do you think? Out or not out? pic.twitter.com/qloGspBpBO
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) March 23, 2021
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 23, 2021
Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris tweeted about the ‘no catch’ call, saying “I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen something like this given NOT OUT #Crazy”.
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 23, 2021
At the time, Tamim Iqbal was batting on 34 with Bangladesh on 53/1. The Bangladesh captain went on score 78 off 108 balls, finally dismissed thanks to Jimmy Neesham’s brilliant football skills.
But the real star of the Bangladeshi innings was Mohammad Mithun who blasted 73 off just 57 ball to help his team post 271 for six in their allotted 50 overs.