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March 14, 2011

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William Porterfield arrives for practice ahead of Ireland's World Cup match against India, Bangalore, March 5, 2011
William Porterfield had said after Ireland's loss to West Indies that the umpires had got the decision to give Gary Wilson out lbw wrong © Associated Press
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Ireland captain William Porterfield has been officially reprimanded for criticising umpire Asoka de Silva's decision to give Gary Wilson out lbw in Ireland's loss to West Indies in Mohali last Friday. Porterfield's statements were deemed to be in breach of the section of the ICC's Code of Conduct that relates to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to, an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel or match official".

He was given the minimum penalty of a warning, but Roshan Mahanama, the match referee for the game, decided not to impose a fine in light of the fact that it was Porterfield's first such offence. "Although it may not be unusual for a captain to feel aggrieved or frustrated by what he feels is a rough decision, it does not give him any right to criticise the umpire as William did," Mahanama said in explanation of his decision.

Wilson, who was batting on 61, reviewed de Silva's decision, and replays showed that the ball had hit the pad outside off stump. However, de Silva stuck to his original decision, even after protests from Wilson - who saw the replays on the big screen - asked for a second look at the decision. Porterfield said after the game that he did not understand why it had been given out.

"The feedback we have got so far is that the ball hit him outside the line and the umpire judged him [to be] not playing a shot. I don't know how many people agree with that," Porterfield had said. "The word we are getting at the minute is the umpire went back upstairs to check if he hit the ball before the impact on the pad and if it was pad first, or bat first. Surely if you are asking if it was pad first or bat first, you know he is playing a shot. In my opinion they got it wrong."

The DRS rules state that when an 'out' decision is being reviewed, "the evidence provided by technology should show that no part of the ball at the moment of interception is between wicket and wicket," in order for it to be judged to be hitting outside the line. This was the case with Wilson, which means de Silva's only reason for giving it out could have been that Wilson was not playing a shot.

The ICC, however, have not given any confirmation of why de Silva refused to reverse his decision, with Mahanama instead citing the importance of respecting the on-field umpire's decision. "The umpire's decision is final and it is a long-standing pillar of our game that the match officials should receive absolute respect for their decisions," he said.

de Silva has had to change several of his decisions in the tournament so far after teams have reviewed them. In the game between South Africa and Netherlands in Mohali, he got two seemingly simple decisions wrong. He initially gave Peter Borren not out and had to reverse the call when replays showed the balls was hitting middle stump, and he then failed to see an inside-edge onto the pad from Bas Zuiderent. Before that, in the game between Australia and Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad, he had to overturn two of his decisions: first when Brad Haddin was struck on the back foot in front of middle stump and he gave it not out, and then when Craig Ervine was apparently plumb and he again decided not to raise the finger.

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Comments: 31 
Posted by Something_Witty on (March 15, 2011, 11:23 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculous. Umpire De Silva got it totally wrong and let his ego get in the way of making the correct decision, yet Porterfield is REPRIMANDED for saying so??? What. A. Joke. Honestly do they think the players don't have emotions? This is just sad.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

DRS is not a bad idea...only, the way it is being implemented, as Dhoni said, is wrong and to use his words, adulterated!

Posted by   on (March 15, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Well, I agree with porterfield that Silva should have changed his decision, since the ball was hitting outside the off stamp, this is not the first where Silva has made wrong decision, he is doing this since long time, particularly against lower ranked teams.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (March 15, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

One thing that Ireland has to learn is that there are some things that you just don't talk about. That was a very unfortunate lapse on de Silva's part though.

Posted by kgajith on (March 15, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

If Umpires like Ashoka De Silva act stubborn anyone would show their anger. its sad that a teamlyk Ireland lost .. Hope today there is a magic

Posted by Pappu-Alpy on (March 15, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Ashoka de Silva has proved over the years that he is a blind man when t comes to lbw decisions!!! I can't believe how ICC can persist with him. High time they review the errors made by umpires and take appropriate action.

Posted by MASTER_BLASTER_SRT on (March 15, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

This is absolutely absurd. To give respect to the match officials doesn't mean to tolerate all the wrong doings by them. ICC should not forget that they are there in the first place to conduct the game in a fair manner and not to become the dictators of the game. If a player is liable to punishment for its actions, I am not sure why umpires and match referees are immune to it? Do we want to say that a Police officer/magistrate/judge can murder a person and should not be asked any question, because we should RESPECT their actions...absolute rubbish...

Posted by Mutapa on (March 15, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

Given the use of technology is this case that was perhaps the worst umpiring decision I can remember. And it ruined the game if not the tournament for Ireland.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2011, 7:15 GMT)

A Shocker De Silva. Among the worst i have ever seen!

Posted by gururajan23 on (March 15, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

umpires are not god.. it would be inhuman if he doesnt express his concern after being given an unfair decision. Is ICC saying umpires are GOD and shouldn't be questioned? Its ridiculous to reprimand the captain. This rule should be changed for expressing player's view rather than fine them for being honest.

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