WEB DESK: Cricket fans witnessing controversies, bad umpiring decisions, fights, quarrels, arguments, sledges and stares on and off the field throughout the past, on field controversies between the arch rivals India and Pakistan are always welcomed by cricket fans and they love to create noise and buzz in the stadiums. We compile some International Cricket controversies which occurs throughout the year 2015.
1- Coach vs Wicket Keeper
The rumour of a fight between Pakistan Coach WaqarYounus and Wicket keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed were very noisy during the World Cup.
Despite of being in great form Sarfaraz Ahmed was not selected in first three world cup matches even as the Pakistan team was struggling and openers were not performing.
The media and public were all criticizing the performance and selection of Pakistan team. At last in the fourth match of the World Cup against South Africa, Sarfaraz got a chance and played a beautiful innings of 49 with 3 sixes and eventually Pakistan won the match unexpectedly.
Sarfaraz’s performance took the media by storm, and every one praised his innings with the famous dialogue ‘SarfarazDhokaNahiDega’ from the Bollywood movie PK.
After the match Waqar Younus came for a customary press conference where a prominent sports journalists asked him about the rumours of differences between him and Sarfaraz. A visibly irritated Waqar replied, “That is a stupid question” and winded up the press conference.
2- Mark Nicholas Speech In The World Cup Final
Mark Nicholas an English cricket commentator and former player delivered a speech in the world cup final.
In his acknowledging speech for cricketers who retired in the 2015 world cup, he named Kumara Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene from Sri Lanka, Brendon Taylor from Zimbabwe, Daniel Vettori from New Zealand and Michael Clarke from Australia but forgot to name players like Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq from Pakistan.
Fans from Pakistan did not like this and criticized Mark Nicholas on his Twitter handle. Later on Nicholas tweeted a clarification. He said he had only read what was written in the script handed to him. But the ICC did not issue a clarification in this regard.
3- Younus Khan Selection and Astounding Retirement
Decision that left fans stunned, Khan was selected in ODIs after almost six months because of his test match performance against England which Pakistan won 2-0 in a three test matches series.
Just before the toss of first ODI he announced his retirement and astounded everyone.
4- Team India Fan Sudhir Gautam Attacked in Dhaka
Team India and Sachin Tendulkar fan Sudhir Gautam was attacked by Bangladesh fans in Dhaka.
Sudhir Gautam, the most visible Sachin Tendulkar fan was attacked by Bangladesh fans in Dhaka. The 34-year-old Sudhir, who paints his body with the Indian tri-colour and passionately displays his support for Team India was attacked by a mob during the ODI series against Bangladesh.
Sudhir, who travels the world, said he was “pelted by stones” and his “auto-rickshaw was attacked” in Dhaka. He said security officials came to his rescue when the unrelenting mob chased him.
But interestingly a press photographer, who was there, dismissed the allegations and told media that Sudhir was not attacked by Bangladesh fans.
5- Nagpur Pitch Gets ‘Poor’ Rating From ICC Referee
The Nagpur pitch used for the third Test between India and South Africa was given a “poor” rating by the match referee, Jeff Crowe, in his report.
The match finished inside three days, ending in India’s victory, and there were several occasions of the ball misbehaving off the surface. Batsmen had to contend with variable turn, variable pace and variable bounce even on the first day of the game.
Thirty-three of the 40 wickets that fell were to spinners. South Africa, in their first innings, slumped to 12 for 5 and then 79 all out. Not a single batsman was able to score a fifty, which was a first for a Test in India.
The match narrative prompted strong criticism of the extent to which pitches have been made to suit spin but the Indian camp had been resolute in saying these are the conditions that should be expected in India. Captain Virat Kohli said it was up to the batsmen to adapt.
From the South African camp, their captain HashimAmla had called the Nagpur pitch the toughest he has had in his 11-year Test career.
6- England’s James Taylor Missed Ton Due To Umpiring Blunder
During a tournament at the Melbourne Cricket ground Australia was outdoing England. But English batsman James Taylor played a befitting innings. However due to a technical blunder committed by the on field umpire Taylor missed a deserving century in the World Cup. Taylor was two runs away from his first ODI century.
The batsman reviewed and the decision was reversed. A day after the incident, the ICC acknowledged that the game ended incorrectly.
7- ShikharDhawan taking controversial catch of Mahmudullah
Another controversy happened in the quarter-finals between Bangladesh and India. This time it happened while Team India was fielding and India’s southpaw Shikhar Dhawan took a magnificent catch to dismiss Mahmudullah. The replay however showed that as he was throwing the ball back as his weight was taking him over the ropes, before he came back to complete the catch.
8- To Casino and home
Pakistan’s Chief Selector Moin Khan was asked to return home by the country’s cricket board after the former cricketer was spotted in a casino two days before Pakistan’s match against West Indies.
Moin, did not break any disciplinary rule but his presence in a casino created an uproar in Pakistan where gambling is illegal.
Moin later apologized and clarified that he had only visited the casino to have dinner with a few friends.