Cricket Controversies in 2015
Cricket being followed by fans from all over the world, has always something interesting going on within its realms. In the year 2015 as well the sector witnessed many instances that raised eyebrows. Here are some highlights from cricket world that created good fuss not only among sticky fans but also in general media.
Bangladesh's No-Ball on ICC World Cup
Let's put the spotlight on ICC World Cup 2015. The hottest controversy was certainly triggered by the decision of square leg umpire Aleem Dar that let Rohit Sharma to beat a century. It was the quarterfinal match between India and Bangladesh, which left the Indian neighbor with a sour taste. The umpire's no-ball decision to Rubel Hossain's waist high full toss delivery favored the Indian batsman. It was certainly the turning point of the match, which let Team India to enter Semifinals. Even Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena said that Bangladesh would have won if the decision was made more intuitively.
The DRS hot spot and the "Not Out" Lyon
The next controversy on the playground is the Nathan Lyon episode involving DRS on the Test series in Adelaide. The Australian batsman who was walking back to pavilion after the appeal by the Kiwis, was back on the pitch as the third umpire Nigel Llong ruled out the dismissal. The umpire stood by his decision that there was no clear evidence for an "out"even after the DRS Hotspot technology, called for review by the Kiwi Team, clearly indicated a hit. The decision of the umpire prevailed; out ruling technology reviews. The incidence sparked fresh rows over the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in cricket. Latter on ICC ruled out the Llong's decision saying he “followed the correct protocol, but made an incorrect decision."
The 79 all out inning and Super Spinners
The Test series between India and South Africa in Jamtha Stadium, Nagpur brought into spotlight serious issues surrounding quality of the pitch in international matches. The South African team wrapped up their inning in just 79 runs. The score raised eyebrows and question was raised on the pitch that favored Indian spinners in a crocked manner. The match referee Jeff Crowne tagged the pitch as poor and ICC warned the BCCI over maintenance of the international stadium. Even if, Indian batsman Virat Kohli and icons like Ravi Shastri defended the pitch, it is fair to be ridiculed at the 79-all out inning by a top team like South Africa.
Politics playing India-Pak Cricket
Matches between India and Pakistan have been the most enthralling ones and the fact is endorsed globally. However, 2015 has been a deadlock for the two teams as political issues shunned the delights that would have followed the ODI series between the archrivals. It is unfortunate, but the controversy is where murky political agenda stained the vigor of sportsmanship and the joy of sports.
IPL Spot fixing Scandal
Lastly, the spot fixing scandal and corruption that stained two IPL teams is perhaps the greatest off-pitch controversy of the year. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years following the verdict of the Supreme Court committee led by Justice RM Lodha. The committee banned Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, the team heads, from any cricket activity for life.
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