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Warne reacts to poor umpiring call in BBL

The ongoing edition of the Big Bash League is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, mainly because of umpiring howlers that happened in 2 games. During the BBL match between Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers, Andrew Tye bowled slightly offside which tempted Thunder’s batsman Usman Khawaja to score a boundary.

However, the left-handed batsman mistimed the ball and ended up getting an inside edge as the ball went straight to the wicket-keeper. It was a clean dismissal and Khawaja just stood there at the crease, which was deemed contrary to the spirit of the gentleman’s game. While Andrew Tye and others made a loud appeal, umpire Lightbody wasn’t really interested at all as he didn’t raise his finger.

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Though it was clearly out and the sound was clearly heard from the stump mic, the umpire believes that Khawaja might have grounded the bat and the ball didn’t connect with the bat. The TV replay showed Khawaja clearly got an inside edge and the cricket fraternity roasted him and the umpire for their antics. Apart from fans, 32-year-old Glenn Maxwell also took to Twitter to express his opinion.

Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell was extremely furious at the umpiring call. “We get that umpiring isn’t easy!! But surely with a stump mic, a bunch of different camera angles, and a basic understanding of cricket, the right decision could’ve been made without any of the fancy DRS bells and whistles? It was introduced to eliminate the howler,” the Australian all-rounder Maxwell wrote on his Twitter.

Shane Warne reacts to biggest blunder in BBL

During the Wednesday’s game between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat, yet another umpiring howler took place which was even worse than other mistakes in the history of the Big Bash League. While there is no DRS technology in place, mistakes are happening time and again.

A bad decision went in favour of the bowler this time around when Brisbane Heat batsman Tom Cooper was dismissed leg before wicket. Adelaide Strikers’ bowler Danny Briggs bowled a good delivery but Cooper was interested to try something new. The batsman tried to play a reverse hit but ended up mistiming the ball in the first place.

While he managed to hit the ball before the ball hit the pads, Strikers’ players appealed in unison. The umpire had no doubts whatsoever and raised his finger but the replay showed that Cooper already middled the ball with his bat. Former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne, at the commentary panel couldn’t believe what he had witnessed and his reaction tells everything.

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