Batsman recalled from dressing room after being given out


Batsman recalled back from dressing room after being given out in the BBPL.

The incident took place in the fifth delivery of the fifth over of the Comilla Warriors innings during their BBPL match against Dhaka Platoons. Wahab Riaz was the bowler and Bhanuka Rajapaksa the batsman, who tried to hit it over the top of deep square-leg only for Mahedi Hasan to take the catch. Rajapaksa left the field with new batsman Yasir Ali coming in but it was at that point that third-umpire recalled Rajapaksa back from the dressing room because Wahad had bowled a no-ball.

While the incident perhaps raised eyebrows, the laws of the game does not make such an occurrence unjustified.

Technical committee chief Rokibul Hasan said: “It is not a matter of going out of the field of play. The umpire can bring someone back after giving them out before the next ball is delivered. Whether they felt it was a no-ball or if the third-umpire announced that, the on-field umpires should have told the batman to stay inside the field of play.”

Rajapaksa had scored 20 at the time and ended up scoring 96 from 65 deliveries to remain unbeaten at the end to add insult to injury. He laced his innings with four fours and seven sixes.

Such incidents are however not unheard of in cricket. In February this year, Ben Stokes left the field after he was caught-and-bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph on Day 1 of the 3rd Test against West Indies. Moments later umpire signalled it a no ball and recalled Stokes. The England all-rounder called the incident bizarre.

In 2011, The contentious run-out of Ian Bell at the stroke of tea on the third day, which threatened to erupt into the biggest controversy of the series, was overturned during the break after MS Dhoni withdrew the appeal.

The Dhaka players were less than impressed by this incident with the likes of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal protesting the batsaman being called back onto the field.


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