Former England captain Nasser Hussain has divided the cricket world by crossing the boundary line to report on a live international cricket match.
In vision that many cricket fans found difficult to believe, Hussain can be seen just metres behind the slips commentating and occasionally interview players during the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge match.
Nasser Hussain is standing at slips and doing on filed commentary for WI vs World XI game… Wow seen everything in cricket now!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 31, 2018
Despite the match between the West Indies and World XI being solely for charity, there were still serious question marks over Hussian’s position on the field, given the match had full international status, and players’ stats were officially counted towards their records.
While some punters enjoyed the the up-close and personal reporting and even the vision afforded from a camera on Hussain’s cap, most agreed the Sky Sports broadcaster took things a few steps too far.
Nasser Hussain: Any plans of any more comeback?
Lala: No, u can see my condition pic.twitter.com/do7d6MjSJ8
— Uzair Afridian O/ (@Uzairsiddiqui_8) May 31, 2018
Nasser Hussain is filming with a camera on a hat from first slip. pic.twitter.com/3kpJgiARH6
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) May 31, 2018
— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) May 31, 2018
— Abhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) May 31, 2018
The #HurricaneRelief T20 is being played for all the right reasons, but with sights like 'roving reporter/commentator' Nasser Hussain on the field at first slip, does it deserve international status? #WIvsWorldXI
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 31, 2018
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) May 31, 2018
The background to Roving Nas is that Sky are distributing their feed for free, which is great of them. With it, they wanted to try something new. As for international status, it was given to ensure the game itself was taken seriously. To be fair, the first innings was. #WIvRoW
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) May 31, 2018
Good morning.Just turned on Facebook Live. Please tell me that's a hologram of Nasser Hussain pretending to be on the field of play and not the real thing.
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) May 31, 2018
This is a full international, but apparently the West Indies playing the Netherlands in the World Cup Qualifiers was not https://t.co/ATSoJ8832N
— Tim (@timwig) May 31, 2018
— Ejaz Wasim Bakhri (@ejazwasim) May 31, 2018
West Indies too strong for World XI in charity match
Evin Lewis’s quickfire fifty and economical bowling from spinner Samuel Badree saw the West Indies to an emphatic 72-run victory over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge at Lord’s on Thursday.
Lewis struck 58 off 26 balls, including five sixes and as many fours in a West Indies’ total of 199 for four with Marlon Samuels contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin 44 not out.
Badree then took two wickets in his first two overs for the reigning World Twenty20 champions before finishing with figures of two for four as the West Indies proved too strong for a World XI.
Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera made a fine half century, his 61 coming off 37 balls but the World XI never had any chance of winning this match after slumping to eight for four.
But he was the only World XI player to score more than 12.
And, with Tymal Mills unable to bat, the World XI were all out nine wickets down when Mitchell McClenaghan was dismissed with the team on a total of 127.
Kesrick Williams took three for 42 and Andre Russell two for 24 in a charity match to raise funds to rebuild cricket grounds in Anguilla and Dominica damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria that swept through the Caribbean in September 2017.
World XI skipper captain Shahid Afridi donated $20,000 to Hurricane relief from his foundation, while all the players donated their match fees to the charity.
Afridi, who retired from mainstream international cricket two years ago, received a guard of honour at Lord’s.
“That’s something I’ll never forget,” said the big-hitting former Pakistan all-rounder.
“For that to happen at the home of cricket, it’s massive.
“The cause was everything tonight, and to have been able to help, it’s fantastic.
“Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this,” he added.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said: “For those affected by the hurricanes, there have been people left homeless, and have had their lives devastated.
“So it’s important for those of us who can to be able to use our profile for the greater good,” he added.
“Hopefully there will be a psychological boost for the communities, as well as obviously the money going into rebuilding, and infrastructure and all those kinds of things.”