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Hafeez Condemns Umpiring Errors In Australia’s Test Win

Hafeez Condemns Umpiring Errors In Australia's Test Win

Following a dominant display in the second Test on Friday, Australia secured an unassailable 2-0 series victory over Pakistan.

Despite Australia setting a target of 317 runs, Pakistan fell short as the hosts triumphed by 237 runs in the second innings, securing the series win. Captain Pat Cummins played a pivotal role in Australia’s success, and Mitchell Starc’s significant four-wicket haul further reinforced their dominance.

However, the match was marred by controversial umpiring decisions that cast a shadow over Pakistan’s pursuit of victory. The contentious moment occurred when Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed, leaving the wicketkeeper-batsman visibly stunned.

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The crucial incident unfolded when Pat Cummins appealed for a caught behind against Rizwan in the 61st over of Pakistan’s second innings. The on-field umpire initially ruled that Cummins’ glove may have touched Rizwan, prompting Cummins to request a review.

Upon review, the on-field ruling was overturned, with the third umpire finding a spike as the ball crossed the wrist band. However, Rizwan had turned his back on the ball at a critical moment, preventing the hotspot technology from registering any mark.

Commenting on the team’s performance, Pakistan Team Manager Muhammad Hafeez congratulated Australia on their series win and commended the Pakistani squad for their bravery and determination.

While acknowledging collective shortcomings, Hafeez raised concerns about the uneven umpiring and technological difficulties affecting the outcome. He stressed the need for a balance between technology and the natural instincts of cricket, expressing worry about the increasing prominence of technological demonstrations in the sport.

Hafeez called attention to inconsistent umpiring calls throughout the game, questioned several decisions, and emphasized the importance of certainty and clarity in cricket. Looking ahead, he urged addressing these issues for the benefit of future games.