Stuart Broad non-walking incident – what do experts think?
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The intensity is at it’s peak in the first Test of the Ashes series. With both the teams still in a chance of winning the game, the players are giving it their all to draw first blood. In a Test rivalry which has been going on for over a century, controversies are never far away. And another one cropped up in the 3rd day of the Ashes opener.
When England were ahead by 232 runs with 4 wickets in hand, Stuart Broad tried to slash a spinning delivery of Agar’s bowling but only managed to edge it straight to Michael Clarke at first slip. The Australians started celebrating as it was a very important wicket considering the situation of the match. But umpire Aleem Dar didn’t seem to see the edge and hence didn’t raise his finger.
The Australians couldn’t believe it and had to settle for the decision as they had already used all their reviews. The only thing which would have a put a doubt on Aleem Dar’s mind was that when the Broad edged the ball, the ball had brushed Haddin’s gloves on the way to Clarke. But nevertheless, it was a very poor decision as the edge was clearly seen from all angles.
Stuart Broad refused to walk after the incident and play resumed. This wrong decision costed Australia a lot as they couldn’t get any wicket after that.
This particular decision has raised a lot of debates around the globe. Was it wrong on Broad’s part of not walking back to the pavilion? Should the 3rd umpire step in for such decisions? and so on.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that the umpire is there to do his job, it’s his mistake to not see the edge. It has happened many a times before that a batsman has knicked a ball and he is given not out and then he stands his ground and continues batting. But in Broad’s case the edge was as clear as it can get and therefore some people thought that he should have walked.
Greg Baum, columnist of the Brisbane Times, questioned Broad’s ethics and has said that he should have walked in the spirit of the game. Piers Morgan, TV host, tweeted that it was shameful on Broad’s side and called the act blatant cheating.
The former cricketers and cricket journalists were all over the social networking site Twitter discussing the issue. Former Zimbabwe cricketer Mpumelelo Mbangwa said that Broad was within his rights to stay at the crease. He also mentioned that the 3rd umpire should be able to correct such errors.
David Hussey was also of the same view and said that the 3rd umpire should step in, irrespective of the referrals used and correct decisions should be made 100% of the time. Former New Zealand cricketer Iain O’Brien was not concerned about Broad walking or not but he brought light on a matter which occurred during the Champions Trophy.
West Indies wicket keeper Dinesh Ramdin had appealed knowing that he had not caught the ball which came off Misbah’s during the match against Pakistan. Ramdin was slapped a two match ban for his act. Iain O’Brien was more concerned about the law application. He said “It’s not the players actions that bother me (they will be judged & labeled – their legacy) it’s the consistency of law application.”
Former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming said that if no-balls can be checked at any time then why not howlers. Former England player David Lloyd was furious after he heard some people questioning Broad’s ethics. He said “Staggering stuff on here re S Broad …just check every other International cricketer .any nation …do they ‘walk’ …thought so.”
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