Umpiring standard has not been up to par in the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There were some incidents in the ODIs and then in first test match as well. Now, controversies marred the second Test with Sri Lankan third umpire Asoka de Silva giving “Ashock” decision when asked to rule on a clear-cut run-out in the final session here on Monday, the opening day of the second and final Test.
Silva left everyone in a shock when he ruled Malinga Bandara, who was batting on 10, not out although television replays clearly suggested that his bat was on the line when Kamran Akmal took the bails off from a throw coming from the fine leg region.
The incident took place with Sri Lanka on 215-6 in the 75th over and struggling to play out the day. Thilan Samaraweera played a ball to fine leg and sent back Bandara who wanted a second run and while trying to regain his crease was caught short by a smart piece of fielding and Kamranâ€™s quick reflexes.
Bandara himself had started to walk but then decided to wait for the third umpireâ€™s decision. Replays suggested two things: one that Kamran had hit the stumps with Bandara short of his crease and when the bails came off Bandaraâ€™s bat was on the line which, under existing cricket laws, belongs to the fielding side and the batsman has to be given out.
The picture frames of the incident were also so clear that there was no chance of any benefit of doubt that could be given to the batsman, which made Silvaâ€™s decision all the more shocking. To add further rub salt on the Pakistani wounds, Bandara hit two boundaries off Umar Gul off the next two deliveries.
This Sri Lankan umpire was around two years back demoted from the ICC Elite Panel of umpires to the Reserve International Panel of umpires. Pakistan was also unfortunate not to get a caught behind decision against Kumar Sangakkara when he was batting on 36. Television replays suggested he might have nicked Mohammad Asifâ€™s ball through to the wicket-keeper and despite a vociferous appeal, Australian umpire Daryl Harper remained unmoved.
The umpiring controversies happened a day after a heated exchanged between Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer and the chief curator at the Asgiriya Stadium here over whether Woolmer was within his rights to stick a metal piece into the pitch and later bounce the ball as a part of his inspection process before the match.
Local newspapers reported the curator had brought the matter to match referee Alan Hurstâ€™s attention as he felt Woolmer was interfering/damaging the pitch but Woolmer claimed he had himself called for the match referee to come out and adjudge on the matter.
Perhaps to make a strong point that he was doing nothing wrong and breaking no laws, Woolmer on Monday, before the toss, was seen on the side of the centre pitch feeling the surface with his hands with the referee standing close by. Pakistan manager Zaheer Abbas said Hurst had not spoken to him on the Woolmer incident.
Source: The NewsMore on:Bob Woolmer, Daryl Harper, icc, Malinga Bandara, Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2006
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