Controversy in Big Bash League as batsman gets dismissed on 7th ball of the over; umpire fails to spot howler
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Controversy in Big Bash League as batsman gets dismissed on 7th ball of the over; umpire fails to spot howler

“There are so many moments in cricket where you think what could’ve been different if this had or hadn’t happened and it’s unfortunate for him,” captain Ashton Turner said after the match.

cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2019 09:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Michael Klinger of the Scorchers leaves the field after a reviewed decision during the Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and the Sydney Sixers (Getty Images)

It was a relatively easy win for the Perth Scorchers against the Sydney Sixers but Michael Klinger would be considering himself very unlucky as an umpiring error resulted in his dismissal.

Klinger strode out to open the innings with Cameron Bancroft, but it was a jittery start for the right-hander. He was batting on 2 from 5 balls, when he was caught at the third-man boundary. However, the umpire failed to spot that it was the 7th ball of the over which accounted for Klinger.

“There are so many moments in cricket where you think what could’ve been different if this had or hadn’t happened and it’s unfortunate for him,” captain Ashton Turner said after the match.

Klinger, who is the leading run-scorer for his club, has not got going this season, but the captain backs him to find form as the tournament is a long one and there is enough time for the seasoned pro to start scoring runs.

“I’m sure he’ll be disappointed, but we’ve still got a long tournament and there’s a lot of time for him to find some form,” he added.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson announced that this would be “followed up” in due course.

“It appears there was a miscount of balls in the over, and a seventh ball was allowed by the umpires,” the spokesperson said.

First Published: Jan 14, 2019 09:24 IST