Umpiring error leaves Rovman Powell unimpressed
Rovman Powell (AFP Image)

Rovman Powell expressed disappointment over the on-field umpires’ inability to spot an error, one that also resulted in his dismissal during the third ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies in Sylhet. The incident occurred in the 26th over during which Bangladesh employed six fielders on the leg-side. In the same over, Powell was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan, but could have survived had umpires Masudur Rahman and Ruchira Palliyaguruge paid attention and called it a no-ball.

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As per the clause 28.4 of the ICC men’s playing conditions: “At the instant of delivery, there may not be more than 5 fielders on the leg side… In the event of infringement of this clause by any fielder, the striker’s end umpire shall call and signal no-ball.”

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“It was a situation where Bangladesh had six persons on the leg side, and generally six persons on the leg side is considered a no-ball. It is a bit disappointing to see about six or seven balls [were] bowled with six players on the leg side and the umpire didn’t pick that up. It is human mistake, so sometimes you have to just give and take,” Powell said.

“But you don’t want to lose a wicket in that fashion. Maybe that’s one of the major reasons why Carlos came on the field. To be honest, I didn’t spot it. None of us, me nor [the other batsman at the time] Shai Hope, spotted it. We were concentrating on rebuilding, getting a partnership going and that just happened.”

The umpiring glitch was brought to the umpires’ notice by 12th man Carlos Brathwaite. At Powell’s dismissal, he walked out and was involved in a discussion with Rahman and Palliyaguruge. He seemingly brought up the issue again when he walked out with drinks a few overs later.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza explained that it was a genuine error and that six fielders were not placed intentionally. “We all know that a 6-3 field is a no-ball,” Mashrafe said. “But by being focused on getting them out we ended up having six fielders on the on-side, but since the umpire had made his call [on the Powell dismissal], he had to be given out.”