Ashes: Another DRS controversy, CA seek ICC explanation

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Published: Friday, August 2, 2013, 11:42 [IST]
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Manchester, Aug 2: Cricket Australia (CA) has sought explanation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Usman Khawaja's incorrect dismissal on DRS during the first day of the third Ashes Test on Thursday (August 1) at Old Trafford.


Left-hander Khawaja was given out caught behind off Graeme Swann for 1 run, by on-field umpire Tony Hill. However, Khawaja reviewed the decision and it was upheld by TV umpire Kumara Dharmasena. There was no evidence of ball hitting the bat in the replays.

Ashes: Another DRS controversy

At close of day 1, Michael Clarke's 125 not out helped Australia to 303/3.

Many including CA felt Khawaja was given out incorrectly. Even Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd expressed his unhappiness over the dismissal through Twitter.

"I've just sat down to watch the Test," tweeted Rudd. "That was one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen," he wrote.

CA CEO James Sutherland said: "Cricket Australia has sought an explanation from the ICC on the dismissal of Usman Khawaja. In our view, the on-field decision and referred decision using DRS were both incorrect.

"CA remains a strong supporter of DRS and believes it is important that cricket continues to improve and build confidence in the DRS.

"We understand and accept that from time to time mistakes can be made, however in this instance, on behalf of the player, the team and all cricket fans, we feel duty bound to seek further explanation as to how this decision was arrived at," Sutherland said.


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