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Steyn gives opinion on the controversial no-ball incident


South Africa speed star Dale Steyn has his say on the controversial no-ball incident which happened during the third T20I between Bangladesh and Windies at the Shere-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Players and umpires in a discussion after a confusion over a no-ball
Players and umpires in a discussion after the umpire signaled no-ball

It’s just a couple of days ago when there was absolute chaos in Mirpur after umpire Tanvir Ahmed gave a no-ball which was clearly a legal ball and it saved Liton Das in the end.

It all began when Oshane Thomas was bowling the 3rd over of the innings and Liton Das was caught after he went ariel. But the umpire called a no-ball and a free hit. But the replay showed that it was clearly a legal bowl.

After seeing the replay in the screen, Windies skipper Carlos Braithwaite lost his temper and rushed to the umpire to complain and also asked to review the decision. And it went from bad to worse since then. The match was paused for almost 10 minutes and the match referee also came in to join the discussion with the Windies players.

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The Windies skipper, manager, coach, match referee were having an animated discussion. Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was also ready to come out to bat. But in the end, the umpire and the match referee decided to stay with the on-field decision as Braithwaite took the review after 15 seconds.

After the incident, the questions arise over some rules and the necessity of changing some. And South African fast bowler Steyn has given his opinion and a suggestion to the umpires via his Twitter.

“Just saw the “no ball” incident in the game WI vs Bangladesh. Surely it’s time the 3rd umpire sitting with all the tv technology, can he/she not monitor the front foot, bouncer height etc and leave the on-field umps to just make decisions at the batters end?” 

A suggestion, which doesn’t look bad at all. But will ICC see this and look into bringing some changes after this controversial incident? Only time can say now.

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