Shock Umpire Decision Leaves BBL Fans Stunned
- The Perth Scorchers defeated the Sydney Thunder by seven wickets
- A controversial umpiring decision has overshadowed the match
- Usman Khwaja seemed to edge a ball that was heard across the ground
Andrew Tye of the Perth Scorchers appeals for caught behind during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval, on December 22, 2020, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
The cricketing world was shocked as an umpiring howler overshadowed a terrific seven wicket win by the Sydney Thunder over the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval on Wednesday.
With the Thunder 1/23 off five overs chasing the Scorchers total of 153 to win, the match was in a precarious position as the Thunder were slowly beginning to develop momentum.
Facing his second ball off Andrew Tye, Thunder veteran Usman Khwaja seemed to edged a ball to the keeper.
A noise which was heard by all players and commentators, the umpire seemed to be the only one who missed it, drawing a strong response by players and fans.
The decision has only intensified pressure on the Big Bash League to add a DRS system following a couple of highly controversial umpiring decision so far this season.