Pakistan coach expresses frustration with umpiring decisions and technology ‘jinx’ following loss in the Boxing Day Test.

Pakistan has contended that they were the superior team in the Boxing Day Test, but believe that the result was determined by technology in Australia’s 79-run victory.

Mohammad Hafeez, the coach of Pakistan, has launched a strong critique of the officiating in the Boxing Day Test, claiming that his team outperformed Australia only for technology to decide the outcome of the match.

In a passionate postscript to Australia’s 79-run victory on Friday, the former Pakistan spinner raised doubts about the consistency of decision-making in the match. He was particularly upset about the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan, which he believed was incorrect. Rizwan was given out caught behind late in the chase.

“Our Pakistan team played better than the other team in general,” Hafeez said. “Our batting intent was better, our bowling was hitting the right areas.

Yes, we made some mistakes and that’s why we lost the game. But as a team, I believe that there were a lot of positives within the team to win the game. I think inconsistent umpiring and the curse of technology really influenced the result.”

Hafeez did admit that Pakistan had made errors, including Abdullah Shafique’s crucial dropped catch of Mitchell Marsh on day three. However, he also called for the elimination of the umpire’s call on ball-tracking lbw decisions, after Pakistan suffered from four such decisions in the loss.

“We play this game for the fans, and they will never understand why this technology is inconsistent,” Hafeez said. “We played this beautiful game of cricket based on the fundamentals, but sometimes the technology leads to decisions that we, as humans, don’t understand. If the ball hits the stump, it should always be out. I never understand why it’s the umpire’s call.”

In a Test match filled with drama, the turning point came with Rizwan’s dismissal to a delivery from Pat Cummins. Pakistan was 5-219 chasing 317 for victory. Rizwan was initially given not out before the third umpire ruled that the ball had touched the wristband on his glove through to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

The Pakistan batter immediately protested, indicating a mark on his forearm where he believed the ball had hit him. This proved to be the turning point in the match, as Pakistan lost 5-18 in 6.4 overs to succumb to a 2-0 series deficit.

“He (Rizwan) is a very honest person and he told me that he didn’t even feel the ball touch anywhere near the gloves,” Hafeez said. “There should be conclusive evidence to overturn the decision of an umpire… and there wasn’t very conclusive evidence. Technology is essentially putting a curse on this beautiful game of cricket.”

Australian captain Cummins responded bluntly to Hafeez’s claims that Pakistan was denied the victory as the better team. “Cool. Yeah, they played well, but I’m glad we got the win,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter, does it? In the end, it’s the team that wins.”

Cummins also defended the umpiring in the match and the use of technology in the sport, after he was given out to a controversial caught behind earlier on Friday. “We don’t entirely agree (with what Hafeez has said),” he said.

“I mean, DRS or umpiring is not a perfect science, is it? Sometimes decisions go your way, sometimes they don’t. There were a few umpire’s calls for both teams. I think it all evens out. I thought this game was pretty evenly balanced, so there’s nothing that concerned us too much.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *