COLOMBO: In an unusual incident, the Pakistan have been restored with an extra DRS review after an umpiring error. The incident took place on the opening day of the Second Test of Pakistan against Srilanka in Colombo.
Pakistan have appealed for a catch in the slips against Kaushal Silva off Zulfiqar Babar. However, the on field umpire Mr.Sundaram Ravi turn downed the appeal.
Pakistan have used the Decision Review system for the same to claim the wicket. After repeated replays the third umpire Mr.Reiffel, a former Australian fast bowler declared his decision in favor of the Batsman. Notably, there were no Sniko or Hot-spot facilities for the match.
But the same replays suggested that the ball could have hit the stumps if it has not hit the bat, a possibility for a Leg-before-wicket which the third umpire did not take into an account.
The International Cricket Council’s rule states that in the review of a dismissal, if the batsman was out by any other modes of dismissal other than the appealed one, he should be deemed as out and the same should be conveyed to the on filed umpire.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, approached over the same to the match referee Chris Broad asking for a clarification. However, the decision could not be overruled as the play had continued. Instead, Pakistan were granted an additional review.
Silva, who was batting at 13 at the time of the DRS review, has moved on to 21 with Srilanka scoring 70/1 at the stumps, the cricbuzz reports.
There were no comments from the ICC over the issue so far.