Australia vs Pakistan 1st Test. Naseem Shah

AUS v PAK 2019: Umpires fail to spot 21 no-balls from Pakistan bowlers on Day 2 of the Gabba Test

There was a bit of drama on Day 1 of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan as Pat Cummins got a crucial wicket of Muhammad Rizwan off a very close no-ball ball. But, commentators and formers Aussie cricketers doubted if Cummins had bowled a legal delivery because when the umpires went upstairs, it looked like the bowler had overstepped.

Pat Cummins foot
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However, the third umpire thought otherwise and ruled the batsman out. It sparked controversy since no part of the foot was behind the line.


Things got even more controversial on Day 2 of the Gabba Test. Pakistan bowlers delivered 21 no-balls, but umpires ignored them completely. They missed out on a vast number of illegal deliveries, which has raised a question on the quality of umpiring in the ongoing Test.

Channel 7, the official broadcasters of Australia vs Pakistan series, has released a video of the massive blunder by the umpires. Trent Copeland, the former Australian cricketer and an analyst for Channel 7, also called it a ‘big ICC issue.’



In the morning session, Australia’s left-handed opener David Warner was dismissed by 16-year-old Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah as the umpires missed to call it a no-ball. Thankfully, the third umpire intervened as the on-field was corrected this time.

Later, Warner went on to score unbeaten 151 runs and is looking strong for a big inning. Australia is currently on 312/1 at the end of the second day’s play.


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