Sri Lanka’s in-form batsman Kusal Perera was undone by poor on field umpiring in consecutive matches at the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh. Both decisions dramatically changed the complexion of each match.
Perera smashed two fours and a six when he was given out for caught behind in controversial fashion by umpire Aleem Dar in the second over of today’s quarter final against New Zealand. Perera was given out in similar fashion in Sri Lanka’s last match against England.
Though many fans were upset at umpires, the real culprit was the ICC Cricket Committee who failed to implement the Decision Review System (DRS) for the world-class event.
When asked for comment by the ICC, a spokesman said it was up to the ICC board for discussion and ratification.
“The ICC doesn’t comment on umpiring decisions. As regards DRS in T20Is, it’s up to the ICC Cricket Committee to make the recommendation, which will then go the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee and the ICC Board for discussion and ratification,” a spokesman for the ICC told Lanka Reporter today, responding to a query on the controversial decisions against batsman Kusal Perera.