Monday, April 9, 2012

IPL Controversy : Harbhajan & Munaf argue with umpire

IPL is never out of controversies.. and there was another controversy witnessed today evening with Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh and bowler Munaf Patel argued with umpire and made him overturn his decision..

The incident happened when Deccan Chargers captain Kumar Sangakkara got an inside edge of Munaf Patel's delivery onto his stumps and deflecting again onto the stumps from the keeper Dinesh Karthik's pad. The square leg umpire JD Cloete of South Africa declared it as not out since he thought that the stumps were disturbed off the keeper's pads. But, the big screen showed the truth leading to Harbhajan Singh and Munaf the bowler arguing for a long time making umpire Cloete to refer to the third umpire.

Munaf Patel arguing with umpires to refer Sangakkara's dismissal to the third umpire
Pic courtesy: NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

According to me, this is truly against the spirit of cricket.. Umpires are bound to make mistakes and even though that was a mistake from the umpire to start with by not referring, the players are not allowed to argue and threaten the umpire to refer. I didn't expect this from veteren international cricketers like Bhaji n Munaf.   Am sure the match referee will have something to say today..

I don't think Mumbai Indians will get any points today for the IPL Spirit of cricket award..

Definitely rooting for Deccan Chargers in this match after what happened.. Go Chargers go!!!

Updates: Mumbai Indians won courtesy to a brilliant batting and final over heroics by Rohit Sharma though Steyn bowled his heart out...
Also, Mumbai Indians fast bowler Munaf Patel was fined 25 percent of his match fee and received an official warning and reprimand for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team's match against Deccan Chargers on Monday night.
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh also received an official warning and reprimand for breaching the Code of Conduct during the same match.
Both players admitted the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.3) of showing dissent at an Umpires decision and accepted their respective sanctions.

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