Pakistan Suffers Setback in MCG Test Due to Inconsistent Umpiring and Technology Curse, According to Mohammad Hafeez

Aus vs Pak - MCG Test - Mohammad Hafeez says inconsistent umpiring and technology curse cost Pakistan


Pakistan team director Mohammad Hafeez believes that “inconsistent umpiring” and the “curse” of the decision review technology cost Pakistan a famous Test victory over Australia at the MCG. They needed 98 runs to win in the fourth innings when Mohammad Rizwan was declared caught behind off the wristband of his glove via a DRS review from Pat Cummins. Unfortunately, on-field umpire Michael Gough had previously given Rizwan not out. This decision sparked a massive collapse for Pakistan and they lost the game inside four days and the series 2-0. Hafeez blamed the umpiring and the use of the DRS technology for the result. He felt that conclusive evidence was necessary to reverse umpire decisions.

Former ICC umpire Simon Taufel believed the third umpire had made the correct call. Cummins also felt the evidence was conclusive. Additionally, Hafeez was aggrieved about the umpire’s call aspect of the DRS in reference to the lbws in the game. He did not mention any specific decisions, but Pakistan were left frustrated, feeling that the technology was inconsistent and unacceptable. Cummins felt the technology is as good as it can be and tends to even itself out across the course of a game or a series.

The two sides had one umpire’s call each go against them in the first Test in Perth. Hafeez said he would not raise the issue with the umpires or the match referee as he didn’t think it would make a difference, despite maintaining his view that it affected the result. Hafeez said, “And the result of the game basically comes up differently.”


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