Inconsistent Umpiring and Technology Curse Cost Pakistan in Aus vs Pak MCG Test – Mohammad Hafeez

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Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez mentioned that “inconsistent umpiring” and the “curse” of the decision review technology resulted in Pakistan losing a famous Test victory over Australia at the MCG. Chasing 317 for victory in the fourth innings, Pakistan needed 98 runs with five wickets in hand when Mohammad Rizwan was given out caught behind off the wristband of his glove via a DRS review from Pat Cummins after being initially given not out on field by the umpire.

Third umpire Richard Illingworth decided there was conclusive evidence via both Hotspot and Real-Time Snicko that the ball had come off the wristband of the right glove and not off his forearm as Rizwan had protested to the on-field umpires. That decision sparked a massive collapse as Pakistan lost 5 for 18 to lose the game inside four days and lose the series 2-0 with one Test remaining. Hafeez blamed the umpiring and the use of the DRS technology for the result.

“I feel like these are the areas that need to be addressed. I spoke to Rizwan, and he’s a very honest person. He said he did not even feel that it touched anywhere near the gloves. And what we saw, there should be conclusive evidence to reverse the decision of the umpire,” Hafeez said in the post-match press conference. “>Former ICC umpire Simon Taufel spoke on Channel Seven’s broadcast in Australia in the aftermath of the Rizwan decision and believed that the third umpire had made the right call.

“I thought it was worth review and then [it was] clearly off the gloves strap,” Cummins said. “>Hafeez felt that the technology was inconsistent and unacceptable. Cummins was the victim of a DRS decision himself while batting in the third innings. He was given out caught behind off Jamal by Gough. He reviewed it convinced he had not hit it. There was no evidence on Hotspot of the ball making contact with the bat, but there was a tiny murmur on Snicko as the ball passed the bat and that was enough for the third umpire to uphold Gough’s decision.

“I think it’s pretty good. Umpire’s call is obviously 50-50. But I think it does even itself out. I think it’s as good as it can be. So I think it’s good for the game.

The two sides had one umpire’s call each go against them in the first Test in Perth. Hafeez said he would not raise the issue with the umpires or the match referee as he didn’t think it would make a difference despite maintaining his view that it had affected the result.

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