WI fans angry after Trent Bridge umpiring debacle

West In­di­an fans left the Trent Bridge ground here an an­gry lot on Thurs­day af­ter West In­dies suf­fered a nar­row 15-run de­feat to Aus­tralia in their sec­ond 2019 ICC World Cup match.

"They sent us all over Eng­land to play hop­ing we didn't have any sup­port, we trav­el miles and come here and now they put um­pires to thief we!" said dis­grun­tled fan David Blach­er as he rushed along the Riv­er Trent af­ter he and scores of oth­er mem­bers of the Di­as­po­ra stormed out the ground af­ter the loss was made even more bit­ter by the al­most half dozen dodgy um­pir­ing calls dur­ing the match.

Aus­tralia, af­ter stum­bling to 79 for five, re­cov­ered through a mas­ter­ful 92 from Nathan Coul­ter-Nile and 73 from Steven Smith to reach 288. Set 289 for vic­to­ry, the West In­dies end­ed on 273 for nine off their 50 overs.

How­ev­er, what an­gered Blach­er and a num­ber of West In­di­an fans most was the um­pir­ing of New Zealan­der Chris Gaffaney and Sir Lankan Ruchi­ra Pal­liyagu­ruge, who both hor­ri­ble days.

Each um­pire had two de­ci­sions over­turned by the DRS Sys­tem, while Gaffaney missed a bla­tant no-ball from Mitchell Starc on the de­liv­ery be­fore the pac­er got tal­is­man­ic open­er Chris Gayle out. Had Gaffaney made the no-ball call then, the next de­liv­ery would have been a free hit for Gayle.

In­stead, Gayle was struck on the pad and the um­pire’s lbw call was up­held fol­low­ing an­oth­er DRS re­view.

Starc even­tu­al­ly went on to wreck the Windies team with fig­ures of five wick­ets for 46 runs.

"Why we have to al­ways be vic­timised at crick­et? This won't hap­pen to any oth­er crick­et team in the world,” Blach­er said.

“We are seen as small peo­ple in the eyes of the rulers of the game. Just look at how they have us trav­el­ling all around Eng­land to play nine games.

When you fin­ished here you are an ex­pert at what Eng­land looks like."

West In­dies all-rounder Car­los Brath­waite al­so raised the poor um­pir­ing dur­ing the post-match in­ter­views. He ad­mit­ted he may face sanc­tions from the ICC for his com­ments but said it any­way, as he not­ed the team seems to al­ways be on the wrong end of un­fair calls.

In fact, Blach­er called on the new pres­i­dent of Crick­et West In­dies (CWI) Ricky Sker­rit to make rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the mat­ter.

"The new pres­i­dent must take a stance and make all these things known to the ICC.

West In­dies has a se­ri­ous place in world crick­et and he must not be a cow­ard.

He must stick it to them be­cause his team is be­ing treat­ed shab­bi­ly."

CAP­TION: West In­dies sup­port­ers Pe­ter Math­ews, Michael Bac­chus, and Paul Roop­nar­ine look on in dis­may af­ter one of the poor um­pir­ing de­ci­sions at Trent Bridge on Thurs­day.

Reporter: Vinode Mamchan

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