Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has taken an indirect jibe at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and veteran Indian player Virat Kohli after a no-ball confusion in their T20 World Cup match in Adelaide on Wednesday, November 2.
The reaction came after Kohli asked leg square umpire, Marais Erasmus, for a no-ball decision during the last ball of the 16th over, which was bowled by Hasan Mahmud. He suggested to the umpire that it was a no-ball as per height. And, that instantly followed the umpire’s no-ball declaration as well.
Taking to Twitter, Mortaza wrote, “Two captains, same opponent, same umpire, same tournament, same story????????????????????????????”
— MASHRAFE BIN MORTAZA🌠 (@mashrafebd) November 3, 2022
Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan also looked unhappy with the decision and he even questioned the umpires as well. He also had a brief chat with Virat Kohli. However, it was declared a no-ball since it was the second bouncer of the over. In T20, a pace bowler can only bowl a maximum number of one bouncer per over.
Furthermore, clause 21.10 of the Laws of Cricket says: “The umpire shall call and signal no-ball for any delivery which, after pitching, passes or would have passed over the head height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease.”
Clause 41.7.1 of the Laws of Cricket says: “Any delivery, which passes or would have passed, without pitching, above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease, is to be deemed to be unfair.”
Virat Kohli is the leading scorer in T20 World Cup 2022
However, Virat Kohli has been in great form for India in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. He scored an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls against Bangladesh on Wednesday. Earlier, he played a match-winning knock of 82* off 53 balls against arch-rivals Pakistan and then hit an unbeaten 62 off 44 balls against the Netherlands as well.
He has already amassed 220 runs in four matches, including three half-centuries. He is currently the highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup and will look to continue his sublime form as the competition reaches its business end. India will next be in action against Zimbabwe in Melbourne on Sunday, November 6 as well.