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Umpire’s “Not Out” Decision In Melbourne Club Match Raises Eyebrows
By CricShots - Dec 11, 2023 2:02 pm
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The world of cricket witnessed a bizarre and controversial incident in a recent Melbourne club match. The umpire declared the batter “not out” despite the middle wicket being disturbed, but the bails remained strangely intact. This unusual event has sparked debate and confusion among fans and experts alike. Opinions on the umpire’s decision are divided.

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Umpire gave it not out as the bails were intact

Some argue that the correct call was made, as the Law 29 of the MCC’s Laws of Cricket states that the wicket is only considered “down” if a bail is completely removed or a stump is struck out of the ground. As the bails remained on top of the stumps, even with the disturbance to the middle stump, technically, they were not “dislodged.”

Others, however, criticize the decision, suggesting that the umpires should have ensured the stumps and bails were not packed so tightly, preventing such an unexpected situation. They argue that the spirit of the law is not being adhered to when such situations occur.

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This incident highlights the complexities and intricacies of cricket’s laws and regulations. The MCC’s Law 29 further clarifies that even if a bail falls and gets lodged between two stumps, it is considered “complete removal.” However, the specific situation in this Melbourne game remained ambiguous, as the bail was not completely dislodged and still rested on top of the disturbed middle stump.

Similar incidents have occurred in the past, one of which involved batter Jatinder Singh in 2017. Despite the middle stump getting completely uprooted, Singh was initially declared “not out” due to the bails remaining intact. After much deliberation, the umpire ultimately reversed the decision and declared him out.

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The recent Melbourne controversy once again raises questions about the interpretation and application of cricket’s laws in unusual situations. While the umpire’s decision in this case may be technically correct based on the letter of the law, it has undoubtedly sparked debate and highlighted the need for clarity and perhaps even revision of the regulations to prevent such ambiguous and controversial situations from arising in the future.