England tour of India - Cricket: British media comes down heavily on umpiring decisions

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The British media on Sunday came down heavily on Indian umpire S K Sharma for the poor and 'ridiculous' decision against Marcus Trescothick, which arguably denied a thrilling victory to the visitors in the first of the six-match One-day International series. "The umpiring of S K Sharma was ridiculous. He called two no balls when neither Darren Gough nor Jeremy Snape had over-stepped, twice signalled a six without waiting for the television umpire to tell him it was four and then capped it all with his lbw decision against Trescothick to a ball pitching well outside leg," the Sunday Telegraph wrote."It was probably not a good sign when Sharma walked out at the start for his 11th international and waved his hat to the crowd. April cannot come too soon when neutral umpires will stand at one end for these games," the report said.Another daily Sunday Times said India won the match but the glory belonged to England opener Trescothick. "Nasser Hussain had more to complain about than poor practice facilities on Saturday night after his England was arguably denied a thrilling victory in the first One-day International in front of 100,000 baying Indian fans at Eden Gardens, by poor decisions from local umpires," it said."Trescothick, batting brilliantly for 121, looked set to guide them past a mountainous target of 282 when he was given out leg before to a ball that pitched several inches outside leg stump by umpire S K Sharma." PTI

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