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    May 19, 2006

    Not so clever

    For those not watching the game...here was something unique.....Samuels bowled an Afridi-isque faster one that confounded that batsman Kaif as well as, from what we saw later, umpire Bucknor as well. He was later seen signalling the 3rd ump to make a note of that delivery to be watched later. Reason...almost clear bent of arm that was visible even with the first normal replay! First time seen umpire do that....and happy to see that the oft-adopted clever tactic of some bowlers to use the bent arm selectively, and especially by part-timers, is not going unnoticed.

    Let's wait and see if we hear more of it later.
    Thus spake worma @ 3:05 AM |
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    3 sledge(s):

    this is precisely why i want the umpire to call "no-ball" during such instances.

    what if samuels had dismissed the batsman on that occasion? whats the point of seeing replays after the game, if the damage is done illegally?

    when will the icc realize and give back the powers to the umpire to call a "no-ball"

    By Blogger Ganesh (19-May-2006, 12:32:00 PM)  

    Yes indeed...I didn't even realise that ICC had taken away that power :)

    But yes, I do realise they're under pressure not to call during the game...esp against high profile bowlers. Not sure if there would have been much of a furore if they'd called Samuels though.

    By Blogger worma (19-May-2006, 1:02:00 PM)  

    My take is that the umpire should have the right to call the bowler for chucking, when he thinks it happens. In any case, for no-balls or wides, it isn't as though he refers to the third umpire. If the bowler is "called" twice for a chuck, he cannot bowl any more and after the day's play/game, the video evidence is used to confirm if he actually does chuck or not.

    By Blogger Jagadish (19-May-2006, 2:54:00 PM)  


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