Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 4, 2014

Abdur Rehman barred for three illegal full-tosses

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Abdur Rehman, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, was barred from bowling in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh before he had delivered a legal ball. Rehman was brought on in the 11th over and delivered three consecutive full tosses above the waist, forcing umpire Johan Cloete to take him off. Rehman finished with figures of 0-0-8-0.

According to the ICC's playing conditions for ODIs, a bowler will be banned from the attack if he delivers more than one full toss above the waist.

Rehman's first delivery to Imrul Kayes slipped out of his hand, ending up high and wide outside off stump, and umpire Cloete called it a no-ball. His second delivery was straighter and chest high. Kayes pulled off the front foot but was caught at deep midwicket. The on-field umpires asked Kayes to wait and replays confirmed it was a second no-ball.

Umpire Cloete had a word with Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and, showing leniency, let Rehman continue. He immediately delivered a third high full toss, which Anamul Haque pulled to the midwicket boundary. Umpire Cloete called Misbah over and told him Rehman could not continue, after which Fawad Alam completed the over.

Rehman had been brought in for this game as a replacement for Junaid Khan, who was rested.

The MCC's Laws make a distinction between dangerous and unfair bowling from a fast bowler and a spinner, with regard to full tosses. While fast bowlers are not permitted to bowl full tosses above waist height, the law is more lenient for a spinner, because of the less dangerous pace, and only deliveries above the shoulder are deemed dangerous and unfair.

"A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker," according to Law 42.6.b.

The ICC's playing conditions for ODIs, however, supersede the MCC's Laws for international cricket and according to them fast bowlers and spinners are treated the same. A bowler is warned after his first waist-high full toss, and barred from bowling if he bowls a second.

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  • msharif911 on March 6, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Very surprised from such an experienced bowler. Another embarrassing record for us I'm afraid....

  • RibhavBansal on March 6, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Number 8 played a significant role for Rehman in the ODI!!! Not only did he give away 8 runs without bowling a legal delivery, he also scored 8 runs and got out on the 8th ball he faced!!!

  • rakaiaroyal on March 5, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    I was quite surprised with the lack of turn he got

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    It's simply unbelievable to fathom that a bowler of Abdur Rehman's experience and caliber who has taken 95 wickets in 20 Tests can bowl 3 consecutive no-balls consisting of 2 beamers and got taken off the attack in his very first over!

    Is it me or does anyone else think that there is something more to it than it meets the eye?

  • on March 5, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Hopeless display. Schoolboy stuff.

  • Saadcricketlover on March 5, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    replace him by raza hasan who is only 21.

  • on March 4, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    he was allowed to ball 3 rd because 1 of it was not termed dangerous as it was not on body. had a poor day. will remain their in record books. least expected from experienced guy like him.

  • wrenx on March 4, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Guy had a bad day. If you watch the second and 3rd deliveries, you'll see he got a fair bit of drift on them, so you can tell he was trying to spin them a lot.

    His bowling wasn't dangerous, not at that pace, and his deliveries were either way wide, or dropped harmlessly and were hittable. Rehman was just off today, which is a shame in international cricket, but we've seen it before (and much worse than this - Steve Harmison, anyone? Darrel Tuffey? Curtly Ambrose?)

  • mzm149 on March 4, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Poor guy had an off day. But he is generally very good in whatever limited chances are give to him. He got his punishment by not being given any over to bowl. He should be persisted with if the pitch requires.

  • on March 4, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Happens guys, 1 or 3 what's the difference? Lay off him, he is not a bad bowler, maybe the ball was slippery, could be anything, not a big deal, he isn't a Steyn.

  • msharif911 on March 6, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Very surprised from such an experienced bowler. Another embarrassing record for us I'm afraid....

  • RibhavBansal on March 6, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Number 8 played a significant role for Rehman in the ODI!!! Not only did he give away 8 runs without bowling a legal delivery, he also scored 8 runs and got out on the 8th ball he faced!!!

  • rakaiaroyal on March 5, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    I was quite surprised with the lack of turn he got

  • on March 5, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    It's simply unbelievable to fathom that a bowler of Abdur Rehman's experience and caliber who has taken 95 wickets in 20 Tests can bowl 3 consecutive no-balls consisting of 2 beamers and got taken off the attack in his very first over!

    Is it me or does anyone else think that there is something more to it than it meets the eye?

  • on March 5, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Hopeless display. Schoolboy stuff.

  • Saadcricketlover on March 5, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    replace him by raza hasan who is only 21.

  • on March 4, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    he was allowed to ball 3 rd because 1 of it was not termed dangerous as it was not on body. had a poor day. will remain their in record books. least expected from experienced guy like him.

  • wrenx on March 4, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Guy had a bad day. If you watch the second and 3rd deliveries, you'll see he got a fair bit of drift on them, so you can tell he was trying to spin them a lot.

    His bowling wasn't dangerous, not at that pace, and his deliveries were either way wide, or dropped harmlessly and were hittable. Rehman was just off today, which is a shame in international cricket, but we've seen it before (and much worse than this - Steve Harmison, anyone? Darrel Tuffey? Curtly Ambrose?)

  • mzm149 on March 4, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Poor guy had an off day. But he is generally very good in whatever limited chances are give to him. He got his punishment by not being given any over to bowl. He should be persisted with if the pitch requires.

  • on March 4, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Happens guys, 1 or 3 what's the difference? Lay off him, he is not a bad bowler, maybe the ball was slippery, could be anything, not a big deal, he isn't a Steyn.

  • on March 4, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    I would only say that its another record possessed by a Pakistani. This will always be remembered.

  • likeintcricket on March 4, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Those were lolly pop dileveries and very easy to hit sixes on them. First one was just outside off and very high and not even close to the batsman. Second one was waist high lolly pop and was wrongly called a No ball. Third one was just a loop ball and very easy to handle for a six. There was a clear distinction between a Steins beamer and a spin bowlers loop balls. One can Kill a batsman and other can kill a fielder. But there was no excuse for Rehman. Once he was called a No. Ball he should have bowl proper deliveries. Even 12 year old boy can finish an over without a loop ball especially when he is a spinner. That is a shame for Rehman! I regarded him as a very high class bowler and maybe he has some grudge against someone but he is honored to represent a country. Also he is getting money out of this so he is supposed to get the job done. Perhaps he got some extra money from somewhere for his deliveries!! If pakistan could not qualify he might not make it to any future Pak side.

  • on March 4, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    its unfair to bag Rehman poor bloke has treated very badly by Pakistan cricket and probably would lose his place if Pak doesnt go thru to the final.Having said that its entirely unacceptable to bowl 3 full tosses and before any one goes about complaining about umpiring, this is the worst possible situation for these two blokes to get in,knowing fully well, people would have bitter taste in their mouths ,even after they make correct decision.Unfortunate to the most extent.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 4, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    I looked at the scorecard and wondered what on Earth had happened there with Rehman's bowling figures, and was just about to write a message to Cricinfo guys to let them know the mistake... Glad I opened this article before doing so! How bizarre...

    Very well batted by the way Bangladesh :-)

  • on March 4, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    I think, if Rehman was Bangladeshi, he would be banned by Umpires just after his 2nd delivery. Let's see, how Asian champions chase record chasing score against Asian runner ups.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on March 4, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    To clarify the ICC conditions, there still exists a distinction between an above waist high full toss and one that is likely to inflict an injury. Two balls over the waist that are considered likely to inflict injury need to be bowled before a bowler is to be ordered removed. As there is no definition of what would likely cause injury we need to revert to the laws and under the laws, for a slow bowler, the ball would need to be above the shoulders. Only one of Rehman's deliveries meet these conditions. He should not have been forced from the attack other than by his captain after an extended over.

  • WeirdBeard420 on March 4, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    There is no longer a distinction between pace and spin bowlers regarding the acceptable height for dangerous/unfair bowling. That is because many pace bowlers have the ability to deliver a slower ball, and many spinners have a quicker one in their arsenal. So, where does an umpire draw the line between what is a 'fast' delivery and what is a 'slow' delivery?

    The most logical way is to keep the acceptable height limit the same for every scenario, regardless of type of bowler or speed of delivery.

  • on March 4, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Unfortunately, even the ICC elite panel of umpires know nothing about cricket:

    The second ball from Rehman was a fair delivery and he was denied a wicket and the delivery was wrongly given as a NO BALL. Waist height rule does not, i repeat does not apply to "SLOW PACED BOWLERS" or in other words Spin bowlers!

    ICC Laws of Cricket (Law 42.6): (b) Bowling of high full pitched balls

    (i) Any delivery, other than a slow paced one, which passes or would have passed on the full above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

    (ii) A slow delivery which passes or would have passed on the full above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

  • on March 4, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    respect the umpire and law good call

  • on March 4, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    A left arm spinner bowling three full tosses, mind boggling.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on March 4, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    @laeeq and Ajith.Incorrect fast and slow bowlers should still be considered differently in terms of the likelyhood of inflicting injury. Yes, under the ICC one day match conditions all above waist high deliveries are to be called no ball, but, the bowler has to bowl two deliveries that are considered likely to inflict physical injury on the batsman to be removed from the attack. As a slow bowler (spinner) there is no way that the second and third deliveries, which were well below the shoulders, should have been considered dangerous(they were smashed). Hence Rehman should not have been removed under the ICC rules as written. Poor umpiring which needs to be resolved. As an Aussie I have no bias in this matter.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Argument not required. That is as to the rules. Correct decision.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    Totally unacceptable. Rehman could cost Pakistan the match today. He should be punished severely for his lack of professionalism on the field.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Can't understand why is Abdur Rehman always preferred over Raza Hasan and Zulfikar babar .pak are 1 bowler short in the match...let's see what happems

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    One can clearly see that his bowling was not dangerous for the batsman. MCC law seems better than ICC and need to be revisited.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    he should be banned from the team for ever....

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    well i must say a huge BADLUCK :(

  • AltafPatel on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    3 consecutive deliveries of this kind can never be justified. It was generous umpiring who allowed him after 2nd mistake.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Hard to believe a regular bowler can not land the ball in 3 attempts. Why not he practice with the fielders? Or he got over confidence to get 10 wickets. Really really poor!!!

  • bilal2k2 on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    I think he is total out of practice.

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on March 4, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    I think, sitting on bench for too long made Rehman too much lazy but still its not a valid justifications for 3 beemers from a spinner

    So, Pakistan lost 10 overs of a good bowler!

  • Fasi48 on March 4, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    I can't Believe it....how can it be

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I watched his bowling on TV, and he didn't stretch before bowling and he had 3 attempts and all were awful bowling. It's totally unacceptable for someone with a professional level cricket. He has nobody to blame but himself.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Abdur Rehman ends with 0-0-8-0

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  • on March 4, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Abdur Rehman ends with 0-0-8-0

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    I watched his bowling on TV, and he didn't stretch before bowling and he had 3 attempts and all were awful bowling. It's totally unacceptable for someone with a professional level cricket. He has nobody to blame but himself.

  • Fasi48 on March 4, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    I can't Believe it....how can it be

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on March 4, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    I think, sitting on bench for too long made Rehman too much lazy but still its not a valid justifications for 3 beemers from a spinner

    So, Pakistan lost 10 overs of a good bowler!

  • bilal2k2 on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    I think he is total out of practice.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Hard to believe a regular bowler can not land the ball in 3 attempts. Why not he practice with the fielders? Or he got over confidence to get 10 wickets. Really really poor!!!

  • AltafPatel on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    3 consecutive deliveries of this kind can never be justified. It was generous umpiring who allowed him after 2nd mistake.

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    well i must say a huge BADLUCK :(

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    he should be banned from the team for ever....

  • on March 4, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    One can clearly see that his bowling was not dangerous for the batsman. MCC law seems better than ICC and need to be revisited.