A series of events unfolded at the Lord’s on day 4 of the third test between England and Sri Lanka had eventually turned out to be a bizarre, with the visitors being asked to remove their national flag that was displayed from the team’s balcony during the match.
The flag was displayed from the team’s balcony after an on-field umpire Rod Tucker’s wrong decision, calling Nuwan Pradeep’s delivery a no-ball. Replays showed that Pradeep’s foot was much behind the line and that the delivery was legitimate. The no-ball also meant that Alex Hales is not out. This has sparked anger in the Sri Lankan dugout, as it has been a victim of several close decisions through out the series.
Sri Lanka’s manager Charith Senanayake said, “We had a sentiment. The flag was displayed to lift the players’ spirits up as things were going wrong”.
According to the rules of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), no one is allowed to display the flags at the Lord’s stadium. Hence, the same has been communicated to the Sri Lankan players asking to remove the flag from the team’s balcony. The flag was on display for nearly an hour before taking it down from the balcony.
“I’ve got a request from the MCC to take the flag down citing that there rules does not allow the display of flags. Since we have a good relation with the MCC, i have accepted their obligation”, Senanayake said
On the other hand, the Sri Lankan team manager lodged an official complaint with the match referee Andy Pycroft, referring to the incorrect no-ball decision.