The 10th match of the Cricket World Cup 2019 was a phenomenal game of Cricket played out between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge. In a game full of twists and turns, which constantly moved from one side’s favour to the other, was at the end of the day marred by controversy and poor umpiring decisions. Such terrible officiating which could have genuinely impacted the result of the game left a bad taste in everyone’s minds and even belittled and demeaned Australia’s victory.
The Umpire Chris Gaffaney who was at the centre of this controversy made multiple poor decisions during the West Indian innings. Initially, twice, Chris Gayle was given out by the former New Zealand cricketer, but Gayle survived due to the DRS, which further exposed the poor level of officiating. When Gayle finally did get out by an lbw, that particular ball should have been a free hit, as the previous delivery was massive front foot no ball by Mitchell Starc which the umpire failed to notice.
Later in the game, others like Jason Holder also suffered the same fate.
This, rightfully enraged former players, pundits and analysts alike who took to social media to express their dismay. Below are some tweets criticising the officiating of the umpires:
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) June 6, 2019
Massive no-ball, the ball that got Gayle out should have been a free-hit. It is understandable when a close no-ball is not given, missing this one is criminal. With third umpire no-ball checks on fall of wickets, on-field umpires aren’t even checking NBs. #Criminal pic.twitter.com/ipOwQgQgiG
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) June 6, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 6, 2019
Time and time again we tend to be on the wrong end of decisions… and the masses are not vociferous bcuz y……🤔🤔. Piss piss poor decision making in this game and it continues … it is blatantly alarming .… https://t.co/wmsXnzdLFG
— Kieron Pollard (@KieronPollard55) June 6, 2019
Just saying again… another umpire on the ground standing behind the non striker.. he is just there for
No-Balls. Umpires miss up to 6 no balls a match I reckon.
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) June 6, 2019