So the final test match of the summer ends the 4th day in utter farce. Were the umpires right to give England a 5 run penalty, a new ball & declare that the Pakistan Team had tampered with the ball? Was the Pakistan 2 minute protest their fall down? Does this mean the game is over?
Under the laws of the game the Umpires made a decision which resulted in what you witnessed this afternoon. Whatever you say or think about what happened will be purely HEARSAY as those directly involved have given no statements as to exactly what will happen next and the ramifications it could bring. It needs to be dealt with in the manner the sport is played and hopefully SPORT will be the winner...
- when the 'ball-tampering' incident occurred there should've been >>better communication>> between the umpires & the players, which especially should have involved the Pakistani capitan.
- when Pakistan failed to come onto the pitch, the matter should've been >>treated with kid's gloves initially>>. I know the rules state this, that & the other, but they don't have to be enforced without taking into consideration that there might have been a 'good' excuse - as difficult as it is to imagine. This is a game of cricket for heaven's sake - not some heinous undercover plot!
I feel Pakistan had every right to protest, but unfortunately their method & timing was a bit off IMHO. I feel sorry for the players on both sides, the spectators & myself - was looking forward to a cracking game of cricket on the morrow : (. I also hope sport/cricket will be the winner. Fortunately in the long run it always is : ) G
Rightly or wrongly the umpires made a judgement call based on an examination of the ball, they issued the appropriate penalty for that infraction. The Pakistani team clearly felt aggrieved, but getting in a huff and refusing to play is the wrong response. The judgement of the officials is final and getting in a strop when you don't like the call is silly, as Gatting found out when he lost it with Shakoor Rana. Throwing the game when you could have won is the ultimate in silly.