Another day, another curiously bad umpiring decision in the Big Bash League.
Just a day after the Perth Scorchers were left scratching their heads after an obvious nick went unrewarded, the Brisbane Heat became the latest team to fall victim to a baffling umpiring gaffe.
Adelaide Strikers spinner Danny Briggs claimed the wicket of Brisbane’s Tom Cooper, who was given out LBW after a clumsy attempt at a reverse sweep.
The problem was that Cooper had, quite clearly, hit the ball into his pad with his bat.
Unbelievably, umpire Tony Wilds didn’t seem to see the massive bottom edge, raising his finger to send Cooper on his way and Fox Cricket commentator Shane Warne off the edge.
The King of Spin couldn’t believe his eyes when the replay showing the clear bottom edge was shown again, moments after Cooper was given out.
“He’s hit it, didn’t he?” Warne queried.
“Oh my goodness! What is going on with this umpiring? Something has to be done, this is ridiculous.
“Enough is enough. We’ve seen too much of this.
“If we want to take this competition seriously, we’ve got to have DRS. Cricket Australia just have to pay for it. We can’t have these decisions.
“I feel for Tony, he’s just made a mistake, but we’ve seen too much of it. If we want this competition to be up there with the best competitions in the world, I’m sorry, but it’s not fair to us here at Fox, or at Channel 7 the rights’ holders, to pay for DRS. It’s a Cricket Australia competition.
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) December 23, 2020
“We feel for these guys, it’s nothing personal against each of the umpires … we know the umpiring position is such a tough job.
“But we just can’t have these decisions and mistakes. It’s human, we’re going to make mistakes, but we need to have DRS.”
Second BBL howler in two days
Sydney Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja somehow survived what most viewers, commentators and players thought was an obvious nick during his side's seven-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers.
Replays showed Khawaja had clearly edged the ball while trying to drive Scorchers bowler Andrew Tye, with the batsman standing his ground as he waited for the umpire's verdict.
What happened next left just about everyone watching completely gobsmacked.
Umpire Simon Lightbody could be heard telling Tye he believed Khawaja's bat had hit the ground, despite the bat being nowhere near the turf.
Dear Usman Khawaja, this is unacceptable ☹️ pic.twitter.com/Ig6AvH7D5J
— cricket videos (@middlestump5) December 22, 2020
Khawaja was on 18 at the time, and made just three more before falling to Aaron Hardie.
Some viewers pointed the finger at the batsman, insisting he should have walked when he knew he nicked the ball, although Khawaja had every right to stand his ground.
Nevertheless, the incident sparked widespread outrage on social media, with many fans calling for the umpire to be stood down over one of the most extraordinary howlers seen in a long time.
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