Dhoni Given Out After Umpire Shown Wrong Replay
The ICC have confirmed that Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was mistakenly given out in India’s second test against the West Indies because host broadcasters replayed the wrong delivery when umpire Ian Gould called for a television replay.
Dhoni was caught at mid-off in India’s first innings off the bowling of West Indian quick Fidel Edwards. However Gould had a suspicion that the delivery may have been a no ball so he asked the television umpire to check.
However host broadcaster IMG Media showed a replay of the wrong delivery and Dhoni was given out.
“The host broadcaster for the series, IMG Media, acknowledged the mistake and has apologised,” said match referee Chris Broad.
“Having looked at the situation, I am satisfied it was an unfortunate, but honest mistake in what is a tense and live environment.
“It is worth pointing out that the umpires followed the correct procedure and are without blame in this matter.”
The ICC recently implemented a policy whereby an ICC technical official would be on hand to ensure the integrity of replays shown to television umpires, however no such official was in place for this test because the Decision Review System (DRS) was not fully in place for this series.
India have been staunch opponents of the DRS and they recently successfully lobbied for ball tracking technology such as hawk-eye to be removed from the DRS list.
BCCI vice president Niranjan Singh recently said that the DRS was an exorbitant technology that offered marginal gains while not being error free.
The ICC recently ruled that the DRS would be compulsory in all test matches. While hawk eye will not be used, the third umpire will have access to infra-red cameras audio tracking software.
This latest controversy comes just days after umpire Darryl Hair retired because of complaints from the Indian team over his standard of officiating.
For the record the test remains delicately poised after three days. India are 0/23 in their second innings with an overall lead of 34 runs.