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Everyone Saw that Thomas’ Delivery Wasn’t a No-ball: Brathwaite

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 23, 2018, 1:15 AM IST
Everyone Saw that Thomas’ Delivery Wasn’t a No-ball: Brathwaite

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Even though the West Indies beat Bangladesh by 50 runs in the third T20I to clinch the series 2-1, captain Carlos Brathwaite was rather unhappy that a close decision didn't go their way.

It was the final delivery of the fourth over of Bangladesh's chase, when Oshane Thomas had Liton Das caught at mid-off, only to be called a no-ball by umpire Tanvir Ahmed.

Replays showed that the umpire was wrong in his judgement, as Thomas' foot was behind the popping crease.

Speaking about the incident after the match, Brathwaite said, "The rule is that if a no-ball is called it cannot be reviewed or reversed. But if it isn't called, it can be reversed checking the video. Everyone saw that it was not a no-ball.

"For a young man who is inexperienced, Oshane Thomas was under the pump. To finally get a dismissal but the ball has gone to your name as free-hit, to bowl the extra ball with an extra run, obviously it messed his mindset.

"As captain, I had to take call for the team. I had to make a stance not just for myself or the team but for West Indies cricket. We haven't been getting favourable calls or 50/50s since I have been playing cricket. I think it showed that when we played a passionate game by doing the right things, then things happen for us, we need the officials to give what is rightfully ours.

"Again, I am not saying the officials are cheating because I think they are professionals. However, I can just call what I see. If we are seeing we are not getting the rub of the green, the 50-50s, then as captain of the ship I will say that.

"Sanctions may come and go, but if you don't stand for something, you fall for everything. If the sanctions are to be handed, I would gladly take it. My teammates need to be stood up for and as the captain of the ship, I will stand up for them," he noted.

Despite protests, the match referee Jeff Crowe stood firm that the decision could not be reviewed.

"I must commend the match referee," Brathwaite added. "After we had some stern words, it was resolved. We worked too hard for my team to walk off the field or forfeit the game or series. The decision was to stay on, fight on and finish the game.

"But I also asked the match referee for five minutes that our team can get their head around playing a cricket game, forget the debacle that has just happened, get past the event and let us just finish the remaining 16 overs. Thankfully it was allowed. It gave me the opportunity to speak to my teammates. It was us versus everyone else.

"I was the only person who spoke in that huddle and then everyone started to chime in, everyone said we have to win this game, we have to fight for this. And then you can see what happened afterwards. The first overs were Jekyll and the last 10 or so were Hyde. It was big from the inexperienced group of guys, and I think we can keep them together, teach them how to be professionals, I think we will do well in cricket."

At the time of the incident, Bangladesh looked comfortable but the halt in play somehow turned the tables on them as the batting collapsed. Fabien Allen dismissed Soumya Sarkar and skipper Shakib Al Hasan off consecutive deliveries.

Before Bangladesh could recover from that, Keemo Paul claimed a fifer and left the hosts reeling at 98/8.

Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 140 after a 35-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

"I knew that the call that wasn't given was about to change the game [smiles]," Brathwaite explained. "It wasn't a deliberate ploy to halt the momentum. Looking back, it may have. I can't say for sure. But at that point, it was about getting the right decision.

"Firstly, understanding why the decision was made, understanding what the law was, if common sense can prevail against the law, which they said no to, and then finishing the game of cricket.

"It would have been easy for our guys to put their head down, we lost and complain about the decision. We didn't do that. Those 10 guys got together in the huddle and decided to put our bodies on the line and fight for every single ball."

The big question after the no-ball fiasco was whether the law should be amended to ensure that other decisions by the umpires, apart from just the dismissals, should come under the purview of the Decision Review System or not.

The Windies skipper believes, the rule needs to be re-looked at.

"I don't know what all the rules are pertaining to reviews so I don't want to tell them how to do their job. But it can be looked at. The laws may be put into question after this incident," he concluded.
First Published: December 23, 2018, 12:00 AM IST
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