Brathwaite laments ‘frustrating umpiring’ during Australia defeat
Following their 15-run defeat against Australia that was tainted by gross umpiring faults, Carlos Brathwaite fumed about being in ‘the wrong end of too much poor decisions’ by the match officials.
Chris Gaffney and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, both on-field umpires saw their decisions overturned twice.
The most frustrating was when umpire Chris Gaffney missed a Mitchell Starc no-ball before he dismissed master hitter Chris Gayle for 21.
“I don’t know if I’ll be fined for saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating,” Brathwaite told reporters.
“Even when we were bowling we thought a few balls close to head height were called wides.
“And obviously three decisions…as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room,”
the all-rounder added.
“To lose Chris in a chase of 280, who can probably get 180 of them himself obviously, broke the start that we wanted to have.
“But the umpires do their job, they try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out there to do our job as well, so there was no confrontation between the players and the umpires,” Brathwaite uttered.
Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding, who was commentating, was also harsh criticizing the umpiring decisions.
“The umpiring in this game has been atrocious,”
said Holding; and the 65-year old said the match officials were intimidated by incessant appeals by Aussie bowlers.
“For one, even when I was playing and you were not as strict as they are now, you were allowed one appeal, said one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket.
“You don’t appeal two, three, four times to the umpire. They are being intimidated which means they are weak. This has been an atrocious bit of umpiring by both (Gaffney and Palliyaguruge), Holding said.