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Frustration mounts for Dhoni’s boys

There doesn’t seem to be any respite for India. Though 1-0 up against the West Indies in the Test series, they have been undone by poor umpiring. Wrong umpiring decisions

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2011 02:13 IST
N Ananthanarayanan

There doesn’t seem to be any respite for India. Though 1-0 up against the West Indies in the Test series, they have been undone by poor umpiring.

Now, the visitors are fuming after it emerged that skipper MS Dhoni was given out to a no-ball because the host broadcasters, International Management Group (IMG), supplied the slow motion replay of a different delivery for review to third umpire Gregory Brathwaite.

Dhoni was adjudged caught in the first Test in Kingston off Devendra Bishoo, and it turned out to be off a no-ball which was not noticed by the umpire.

The second shocker came on the first day of the Kensington Oval Test when India were desperate to shore up the innings after the controversial decision that ended Suresh Raina’s innings and his partnership with VVS Laxman. Dhoni, who was on two, hit fast bowler Fidel Edwards to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid on. Umpire Ian Gould suspected the bowler had overstepped and called for a review by the third umpire and asked Dhoni to stay back. TV replays showed some part of the front foot was within the crease and hence it was a legitimate delivery.

The broadcaster’s goof-up appears to have been detected after the first day's play, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed only on Thursday that the host broadcaster had made a mistake.

IMG Media, which handles the production, issued an apology through the ICC statement.

Match referee, Chris Broad, put it down as human error. “Having looked into the situation, I am satisfied it was an unfortunate but honest mistake in what is a tense and live environment. It is worth pointing out that the umpires followed the correct procedures and are without blame in this matter.” he said.

An IMG spokesman said: “IMG Media takes its responsibilities on this matter very seriously. This was a case of human error, compounded by a senior replay operative having to return home at very short notice.”

The ICC took the opportunity to point out that the Decision Review System (DRS), which had been opposed in its original form by India, could have helped avert the situation.

“As this series is not operating the DRS, the enhanced standards, including the presence of an ICC technical official, is not in place as would be the case when DRS is used,” it said.

An India team insider said it was frustrating the way decisions have gone against them. There were six doubtful decisions in the last Test, and criticism by the Indian camp led the man under the scanner, Australian umpire Daryl Harper, to seek premature retirement.

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