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Controversial No Ball Call Sparks Debate in Cummins' Dismissal of Rizwan

Controversy surrounded Mohammad Rizwan's dismissal in the first Test between Pakistan and Australia in Brisbane, with the batsman being ruled caught behind despite replays showing bowler Pat Cummins had overstepped.

Cricketnext Staff |November 22, 2019, 1:48 PM IST
Controversial No Ball Call Sparks Debate in Cummins' Dismissal of Rizwan

Controversy surrounded Mohammad Rizwan's dismissal in the first Test between Pakistan and Australia in Brisbane, with the batsman being ruled caught behind despite replays showing bowler Pat Cummins had overstepped.

The incident happened in the 55th over when Rizwan nicked Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine. The on-field umpires immediately checked with third umpire Michael Gough, who ruled in favour of the bowler although replays showed no part of Cummins' foot was behind the line.

The ICC's playing conditions state that "the bowler's front foot must land with some part of the foot, whether grounded or raised, behind the popping crease." The playing conditions also state that in case the third umpire does not find enough evidence on replays, the on-field call will stay.

Former cricketers were united in calling the decision the wrong one.

"I'm trying to find something behind (the line) there but I just can't," Allan Border said on Fox Cricket commentary.

"I reckon that's hard on Pakistan, I think that's got to be called a no-ball," Brett Lee said on Fox Cricket.

"I think that's the wrong call. I think it's a no-ball and should be recalled," Jason Gillespie said on ABC Radio.

"I couldn't see any part of his foot land behind the line," Ricky Ponting told Channel Seven.

Rizwan was in the midst of a counter-attack at that time. Having come in at 94 for 5, he had slammed seven fours en route to a 34-ball 37 when he fell. Asad Shafiq (76) and Yasir Shah (26) helped revive Pakistan to 240 all out.

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