Steve Smith raised another controversy in international cricket
Former Australian captain Steve Smith has repeatedly become a habit of engaging in controversy. He again got involved in the debate on Friday, November 1.
This was the third T20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka. Smith was talking to the commentators on the microphone in the field. He informed captain Aaron Finch of an information he had just received from the commentators. From which all the debates originated. The question raised that whether Smith could do the job.
The incident took place in 17th over of the match when Sri Lanka was batting. Pat Cummins took the ball to complete that over. Smith didn’t know at that moment that Cummins was standing in the face of a hat-trick. Because Cummins took wickets in the last two balls of his last over. As a result, if he could take a wicket in the first ball of the 17th over, he would have grabbed a hat-trick.
Smith knew about this information by talking to the commentators. Then he informed the captain. Not only that, Smith also advised Finch to keep the fielder at slip during Cummins’ first ball. Finch didn’t want to keep the slip though. Neither did Cummins was able to take hat-trick. He missed a hat-trick for the second time in the series.
But after the incident, the hiccup started on social media. However, Smith was saved on the ride as a result of Finch’s decision. If he put the fielder on the slip, not only the commentators, but also Smith could get in trouble. Many commented on social media, Finch saved Smith.
It should be mentioned that players can talk to the microphone on the field during a T20 match in Australia. The picture that Indian viewers are accustomed to seeing during the IPL.
Earlier in 2017, Australian commentator Mark Howard’s discussion with Brad Hodge, who was then captain of the Adelaide Strikers, during a Big Bash League match was explored by Cricket Australia honesty unit. Hodge changed the bowler after listening to Mark Howard in that match.