India v England, only Twenty20, Kolkata October 30, 2011

Pietersen reprimanded for showing dissent

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Kevin Pietersen, the England batsman, has been officially reprimanded for a Level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct during the Kolkata Twenty20 game against India on October 29. Pietersen was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision during an international match".

The charge was laid by on-field umpires Sudhir Asnani and S Ravi, third umpire Vineet Kulkarni and fourth umpire K Srinath. The offence occurred following Pietersen's dismissal, when he was ruled out lbw off Suresh Raina's bowling. By then, England were cruising towards victory on the back of Pietersen's brisk half-century.

Pietersen pleaded guilty to the charge and, under the provisions of the code, the matter was determined by the match referee Roshan Mahanama and so there was no requirement for a full hearing.

"As an experienced cricketer, Kevin should know that when the umpire raises his finger, a player should leave the crease without showing his emotions no matter what he may think of the decision," Mahanama said. "In this case, Kevin displayed excessive and obvious disappointment at the decision which sent the wrong signals to all those watching the match at the ground and on television, and as such merited some form of action."

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  • GDH62 on November 2, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @Rajchamp My original comment was an observation about how you should maybe examine your own team before commenting on others. Your arguments, both on the previous article and on this one, presume that a team must perform well in the sub-continent to be considered the best. Your facts presented here are twisted to confirm this bias, and your methods are poor and inconsistant by trying to use different timeframes for comparisons. My opion is that a team should perform well, regardless of where they play, to be considered the best. Here are some of my facts. In the last 5 years, England have played 18 Test series, winning 11 of them (61%), during which they won 28 of the 63 Tests (44%). In the same timeframe (see what I did there?) India have played 19 Test series, winning 11 of them (58%), during which they won 19 of the 52 Tests (36%). Finally, I've just checked for myself the official ICC rankings, and England are the best Test team.

  • kristee on November 2, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Typical response from my 'compatriots'. If a player from the subcontinent were...blablabla.... As if KP had done something diabolical! I too was watching it. He was frustrated as he was playing superbly. And all this talk to support a side that managed to remove an umpire and force another into premature retirement, and insist against the use of DRS!

  • Rajchamp on November 2, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Had to post comments in this section cause the comments are closed for t-20. @GDH62@Shan156: Before posting blind praises for your so called great TEST TEAM, which you feel is invincible without winning a single test series in sub continent in last 9 years, please check these facts. Since 2002 India have played 12 test series OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT out of which they have WON 4, DRAWN 3 and LOST 5. Not a bad effort for an ever improving test team outside home.They have beaten WI twice (2006 and 2010), NZ once(2009), England Once(2007). Drawn once against England (2002), Once against Aus (2003), once against SA (2010). Now England, have played 7 TEST SERIES (Excluding BD) outside sub continent in last 11 years LOST 5, DRAWN 1, and WON 1 (Way back in Feb 2001). Forget winning a series they have won just 1 TEST MATCH in sub-continent since 2002. India have toured England 3 times, DRAWN 1 series (2002), WON 1 (2007), LOST 1 (2011). Now check for yourself which is the better test team.

  • Yevghenny on November 1, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    never seen KP do it that well? He did it off the bowling of Styris! Twice! Dravid_gravitas I totally agree with your observations of KP! He's worth the admission fee alone, it's a privilege to watch him bat when he is on form

  • correctcall on November 1, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    I note with interest that no Indian Cricinfo readers have responded to my earlier invitation to explain and justify the BCCI position on DRS. A logic defying untenable position that is harming the interests of cricket & reducing respect for umpires that make obvious errors as exampled in the Eng India 20/20. There is potential for a repetition of a blow up during the Indian visit Downunder replicating the monkeygate episode. Time for Indian fans to get the BCCI to apply common sense to this festering DRS issue.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 1, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Living in a world were half of the team got punishment for loud appealing (Vs SA)....and Chris Board was the match referee... someone like Ricky Ponting can thrash TV sets or window glassess !!!!Why the double standard???

  • Kulaputra on November 1, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    If any cricketer from sub continent or West Indies had shown the same amount of dissent as KP, then he would surely not have got off with a light reprimand. A suspension and a fine was a minimum even if you think of dissent, let alone show it.

    Referee - are you afraid of something? We have had enough of Chris Broad and Clive LLoyd imposing sanctions and fines on our players. Why not have some fairness in these things. Umpires apparently did not report him for dissent - seriously ????

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 1, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    @Yevghenny, well said. He is such a rare talent and a wonderful player with absolutely phenomenal execution mixed with his trademark imposing arrogance and presence. And try talk to him off the field. He is a wonderful person to boot. Look at the way he talks about himself or Swann or his opponents when he is in front of the mic. Such a lovely person. I can't believe that people don't want to see that the umpire was the instigator here. I'm an Indian. People might think that I'm a Brit looking at the way I'm supporting his momentary disapproval or dissent. One doesn't have to be a Brit to support KP on this issue. One just needs to empathise with the players (English or Indian or Oz.....) and then it would be straight forward. Guys who are castigating KP have to chill. Answer me. Would you all castigate Dravid or Sachin or Kallis if they show disapproval of a howler? It's a different thing that they didn't give us a chance till now. Hey, but it's just human to get upset over a howler.

  • Ben1989 on November 1, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    @Yevghenny, umm... Warner mate! refer his to his first ton in the recently concluded champions league, never seen Pietersen do switch hits that well!

  • Yevghenny on October 31, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    KP's stance did not change, so the original LBW law is still applicable. There seems to be a lot of discussion about the switch hit whenever he brings it out, fact is I don't know anyone else who can hit it as far as he can doing it and I cannot understand why anyone would want to outlaw it - it is a magnificent shot and can only be appreciated when you try it yourself!

  • GDH62 on November 2, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @Rajchamp My original comment was an observation about how you should maybe examine your own team before commenting on others. Your arguments, both on the previous article and on this one, presume that a team must perform well in the sub-continent to be considered the best. Your facts presented here are twisted to confirm this bias, and your methods are poor and inconsistant by trying to use different timeframes for comparisons. My opion is that a team should perform well, regardless of where they play, to be considered the best. Here are some of my facts. In the last 5 years, England have played 18 Test series, winning 11 of them (61%), during which they won 28 of the 63 Tests (44%). In the same timeframe (see what I did there?) India have played 19 Test series, winning 11 of them (58%), during which they won 19 of the 52 Tests (36%). Finally, I've just checked for myself the official ICC rankings, and England are the best Test team.

  • kristee on November 2, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Typical response from my 'compatriots'. If a player from the subcontinent were...blablabla.... As if KP had done something diabolical! I too was watching it. He was frustrated as he was playing superbly. And all this talk to support a side that managed to remove an umpire and force another into premature retirement, and insist against the use of DRS!

  • Rajchamp on November 2, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Had to post comments in this section cause the comments are closed for t-20. @GDH62@Shan156: Before posting blind praises for your so called great TEST TEAM, which you feel is invincible without winning a single test series in sub continent in last 9 years, please check these facts. Since 2002 India have played 12 test series OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT out of which they have WON 4, DRAWN 3 and LOST 5. Not a bad effort for an ever improving test team outside home.They have beaten WI twice (2006 and 2010), NZ once(2009), England Once(2007). Drawn once against England (2002), Once against Aus (2003), once against SA (2010). Now England, have played 7 TEST SERIES (Excluding BD) outside sub continent in last 11 years LOST 5, DRAWN 1, and WON 1 (Way back in Feb 2001). Forget winning a series they have won just 1 TEST MATCH in sub-continent since 2002. India have toured England 3 times, DRAWN 1 series (2002), WON 1 (2007), LOST 1 (2011). Now check for yourself which is the better test team.

  • Yevghenny on November 1, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    never seen KP do it that well? He did it off the bowling of Styris! Twice! Dravid_gravitas I totally agree with your observations of KP! He's worth the admission fee alone, it's a privilege to watch him bat when he is on form

  • correctcall on November 1, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    I note with interest that no Indian Cricinfo readers have responded to my earlier invitation to explain and justify the BCCI position on DRS. A logic defying untenable position that is harming the interests of cricket & reducing respect for umpires that make obvious errors as exampled in the Eng India 20/20. There is potential for a repetition of a blow up during the Indian visit Downunder replicating the monkeygate episode. Time for Indian fans to get the BCCI to apply common sense to this festering DRS issue.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 1, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Living in a world were half of the team got punishment for loud appealing (Vs SA)....and Chris Board was the match referee... someone like Ricky Ponting can thrash TV sets or window glassess !!!!Why the double standard???

  • Kulaputra on November 1, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    If any cricketer from sub continent or West Indies had shown the same amount of dissent as KP, then he would surely not have got off with a light reprimand. A suspension and a fine was a minimum even if you think of dissent, let alone show it.

    Referee - are you afraid of something? We have had enough of Chris Broad and Clive LLoyd imposing sanctions and fines on our players. Why not have some fairness in these things. Umpires apparently did not report him for dissent - seriously ????

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 1, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    @Yevghenny, well said. He is such a rare talent and a wonderful player with absolutely phenomenal execution mixed with his trademark imposing arrogance and presence. And try talk to him off the field. He is a wonderful person to boot. Look at the way he talks about himself or Swann or his opponents when he is in front of the mic. Such a lovely person. I can't believe that people don't want to see that the umpire was the instigator here. I'm an Indian. People might think that I'm a Brit looking at the way I'm supporting his momentary disapproval or dissent. One doesn't have to be a Brit to support KP on this issue. One just needs to empathise with the players (English or Indian or Oz.....) and then it would be straight forward. Guys who are castigating KP have to chill. Answer me. Would you all castigate Dravid or Sachin or Kallis if they show disapproval of a howler? It's a different thing that they didn't give us a chance till now. Hey, but it's just human to get upset over a howler.

  • Ben1989 on November 1, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    @Yevghenny, umm... Warner mate! refer his to his first ton in the recently concluded champions league, never seen Pietersen do switch hits that well!

  • Yevghenny on October 31, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    KP's stance did not change, so the original LBW law is still applicable. There seems to be a lot of discussion about the switch hit whenever he brings it out, fact is I don't know anyone else who can hit it as far as he can doing it and I cannot understand why anyone would want to outlaw it - it is a magnificent shot and can only be appreciated when you try it yourself!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 31, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, thank you. I'm not sure if people would start castigating Dravid or Sachin or Kallis if they show dissent after receiving a howler. People are ready to jump on KP for showing a momentary disapproval. Double standards and step motherly treatment are being dished out to KP. I'm a huge fan of KP, but I would have said the same even if I wasn't his fan. Players give it their all and when umpires come up with such howlers isn't it just human to show a little disapproval? And KP didn't make a hoopla. Why wouldn't people look at that and give him credit? He is all class and pleaded guilty. The umpires shouldn't even bring up a case against KP after committing such a howler. That's my point. KP accepting guilt doesn't absolve the instigator, the umpire. With regards to India vs Australia, I would be more than glad to come back with a draw looking at how India played against you guys on fast pitches. But then, hey, only the eternal optimist could say that India will win that series.

  • Valavan on October 31, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Would you guys peace out for good, keep your energy intact until next winter.

  • bigwonder on October 31, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    It was a poor display from KP. Remember the advise of not arguing with on-field umpire? First you forgot the fact that you were not playing in England and 2nd you are not Stuart Broad. I am glad that England won or else we would have been subject to endless bickering from England fans for KP's dismissal. I guess the squeaky wheel gets the oil.

  • on October 31, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    So English umpires are perfect, are they ?? LOL

  • adm21 on October 31, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    The laws state: 3. Off side of wicket The off side of the striker's wicket shall be determined by the striker's stance at the moment the ball comes into play for that delivery

    So a switch-hit does not open up leg-side lbws unless the batsman switches sides before the ball is bowled.

  • 360review on October 31, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @Kenny KP Perry, That is exactly why you are not playing international cricket. Would you have been OK if Dravid had done the same during England Test Series - most certainly not. I guess England fans were just looking for an excuse (no matter how lame and logic defying) to complain.

  • NickHere on October 31, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    This is the official cricinfo commentary on the wicket.

    Raina to Pietersen, OUT, 93.2 kph, he's given him! Pietersen swivelled into a reverse sweep but missed the ball and was struck on the pad. Raina was bowling round the wicket, however, and this looked to have pitched outside leg. But he's got to go, and to his credit he does so without complaining. Is there still hope for India?

    These umpires have no shame in booking a batsman for dissent when they have got it wrong. THEY should be reprimanded too. Only then would it be fair. Pietersen went without a big hassle after they got it wrong. These umpires are just shameless to say the least!!

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Ridiculous. And the umpire gets away with it...? Not good enough, that was one of the worst decisions I have ever seen. Pitched outside leg (by a good foot), missing off and going over the top.

  • on October 31, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    It was almost as poor a decision as Graham Thorpe got in the 1999 world cup in a match against India. Srinath round the wicket to the left hander and missing a second set of stumps down the leg side.

    Switch hitting though does make the already guesswork LBW decision even more guesswork

  • devenmakesar on October 31, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    ENGLAND TEAM WAS GREATAND THE ZIMBABWEAN FLOWER IS THE GREATEST COACH TO WALK ON THIS EARTH

  • on October 31, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    It was a reverse sweep. So it might have confused the umpire. The ball piteched outside leg,but if u consider the batsman as a left hander, then its a good decision. However, KP is a right hand batter,who became a psedo left hander for that ball... I think you cant complain much about that decision.

  • Biggus on October 31, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Indian umpires have always been hopeless, but at least they don't join in the appeal like they used to. Small mercies I guess.

  • simon_w on October 31, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    it was a horror decision, but KP's pleaded guilty and taken his punishment, no biggie. For what it's worth, Bresnan pleaded innocent because he was! He was charged with dissent, which was, frankly, bizarre. Frustration, certainly, discourteous to the umpire, probably, perhaps even disrespectful at a stretch. Snatching his hat off the umpire was not the most gentlemanly behaviour, but he didn't show dissent. So he pleaded not guilty.

  • satish619chandar on October 31, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    I guess to much is made out of this.. I would love to clarify one thing to the ppl.. When KP played the seitch hit for the first time against NZ off Scott Styris, a huge cry was made to the MCC asking for the legality of the shot and how the LBW decisions need to be carried out.. They just told it is a batsman's wish to change the stance and it is perfectly legal.. Regarding the LBW, it was left to the umpires.. The umpire is simply allowed to give LBW irrespective of where the ball pitched(IF the ball is going to hit the stumps) and that is what happened.. I am searching for the link and will post if i find it.. Please publish..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    @Yevghenny...pathetic...you can go with ur fluke win...do not post such ridicules comments!

  • on October 31, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Dear Kevin Pietersen

    I admire you for your good batting.

    Cricket is a Gentleman's game. Please play the game accordingly. Accept the Umpire's decision by controlling emotions. Learn from Sachin Tendulkar!

    Wish you Good Luck and success in all walks of life.

  • Muhammad_Khan on October 30, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Wow.. too funny, the commentators on Cricnifo gave him credit for not complaining, apparently the Indian officials didn't think so.

    15.5 Raina to Pietersen, OUT, 57.9 mph, he's given him! Pietersen swivelled into a reverse sweep but missed the ball and was struck on the pad. Raina was bowling round the wicket, however, and this looked to have pitched outside leg. But he's got to go, and to his credit he does so without complaining.

  • SanjivAwesome on October 30, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Dear all Indian and English fans, just chill. If you have ever done weekend umpiring for your club or your kids club, you know it is a tough job. And it is only made tougher by beligerent batsmen who refuse to walk when judged out. KP is a professional cricketer and a role model for kids watching him. Besides, the fine from a Level 1 breach is not that onerous.

  • Precioustar84 on October 30, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    "Pietersen pleaded GUILTY to the charge" - I don't know why people ignore this when having arguments with each other. For KP to plead guilty didn't just happen for the heck of it. Bresnan refused to accept his faults but KP showed more class by at least admitting whatever happened out there was wrong. Maybe there was a lot more that happened that no of us were shown?

  • MartinC on October 30, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    Any word on a reprimand for the umpires for a string of poor decisions? The LBW against KP was the worst but there were a number they made for and against both sides.

    It's games like this which show why reviews are needed.

  • on October 30, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    @Kosh999 - bit too soon after the Test series to be talking about an unused innings surely? :p

  • Nutcutlet on October 30, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @David _Gravitas: Well said! Once again I find myself in total agreement with you! That's nice! The comparison of KP's momentary expression of displeasure with Bresnan's cap-snatch (I would never permit a child to behave like that!) seems to me to be entirely appropriate. I am normally a hard-liner when it comes to on-field or public behaviour, but the two offences are not in the same category, so it was KP's misfortune to transgress after there had been a zero-tolerance statement. The umpiring was esp. poor in the T20 match and, like many weak and sub-standard officials who like hitting walnuts with sledge-hammers, the reprimand of KP was bound to happen! BTW, I am looking forward to seeing how India perform in Oz. It really wouldn't surprise me if India exceed expectations and remain competitive throughout the tour. The new crop of players really look exciting. I never said you'd win the test series though! Best wishes!

  • correctcall on October 30, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Could the Indian fans here on Cricinifo explain how it is better to have poor umpiring decision making as shown in this 20/20 against DRS assisted calls (especially the pitch map which seems to have no controversy about it) Why is there not a clamour amongst Indian fans to get a change of heart at the BCCI regarding DRS? A serious attempt at explanation (using logic) would help all of us understand a position that apparently seems untenable.

  • Yevghenny on October 30, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    England won more games in India (a 2 week tour) than India managed in 3 months in England!

  • puntertakeson on October 30, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    It applies to every one KP, I never seen Sachin or Dravid complained about the decision. To all English fan accept the decision and move on, what KP made is mistake.

  • on October 30, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    I am surprised, doesnt he know that he can be given out irrespective of where the pall bitches doing a reverse hit??

  • on October 30, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    I think its a joke that the ICC reprimand players for just shaking there head or waving there arms in the air at a decsion like Pietersen did. I mean imagine what would happen if FIFA reprimanded every player for showing mild dissent at a refs descion. Its a joke! I feel for players who get rough decsions and then get fined etc for being a bit annoyed, theyve got a right to be!

  • Kosh999 on October 30, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    A one off match means very little. The difference between India and England over 5 ODis was about 300 unused balls whether these were unused by India in the chase or by England when they chased. One whole innings worth. Preety hefty margin of defeat.

  • jackiethepen on October 30, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    I'm surprised KP got only one reprimand. He was caught on camera berating the umpire when he was fielding. The umpiring was pretty terrible and there is no review system in India to help the umpires get their decisions right. So they can just carry on in their own haphazard way. The Indians seem to like it that way. But shouting at the umpire is unacceptable. We don't want to end up with that kind of reputation. How on earth we are supposed to get kids to have the right attitude when our stars mouth off I am not sure.

  • on October 30, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @SamRoy I'm with u fella....Also, home umpires should be axed in ALL formats...What is this mickey mouse rubbish with home umpires?...Can only lead to more on-field disputes, and unecessary off-field conjecture.

  • satish619chandar on October 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Its funny ppl still dono the rules when the swotch hit is played.. Irrespective of where the ball pitvhed, umpire can give him out of ot hits stumps..

  • longlivecricket on October 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    English player punished for beating India by Indian umpires.

  • Quazar on October 30, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    These umpires still had nothing on Darrell Harper. He made half a dozen howlers -- all against India -- in a game in the WI. He didn't deserve to continue umpiring at the international level, and neither do these 2 umpires.

  • Hall0 on October 30, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    hindh88, I mean this in the nicest possible way - but what are you on about? Notwithstanding that I don't agree that Finn and Swann are 'absolutely arrogant', I'm not sure that would be punishable through a 3 match ban now would it?

  • Quazar on October 30, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    These umpires still had nothing on Darrell Harper. He made half a dozen howlers -- all against India -- in a game in the WI. He didn't deserve to continue umpiring at the international level, and neither do these 2 umpires.

  • Quazar on October 30, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Poor umpiring through the game... affecting both sides. KP was lucky to be there for that decision as he should have been out lbw (plumb in front) to Ashwin 3 overs before. Bopara should have had Pathan lbw before he eventually bowled him. Raina should have had Bopara lbw in the over after KP got out. Just shows that the DRS is helpful, even if not 100%.

  • Quazar on October 30, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Poor umpiring through the game... affecting both sides. KP was lucky to be there for that decision as he should have been out lbw (plumb in front) to Ashwin 3 overs before. Bopara should have had Pathan lbw before he eventually bowled him. Raina should have had Bopara lbw in the over after KP got out. Just shows that the DRS is helpful, even if not 100%.

  • Navis on October 30, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Peterson actually needed a one ODI ban as he shows dissent most of the time. As far as the umpiring standard goes it was much better than the recent series in england where the umpires were making bloopers even with the help of technology.

  • Deepakrm on October 30, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    KP is waste fellow... He don't know how to respect the umpires... He lost his captaincy because of his head weight... His team mates doesn't like Him... Ask Swann He will explain About this fellow...

  • jasonpete on October 30, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    It was a bad decision to give KP out.But it happens manytimes in international cricket. I guess Raina fined in England during the last summer for the obvious reasons.Until unless the umpires are Aleem dar or Simon taufel,other elite panel umpires do mistakes.Take an example in ongoing srilanka-pak test series,tony hill is going through a horrid period.Samething happened in England summer ,umpire Erasmus was hell bent in giving many wrong decision.But whatever at the end,players are not supposed to show any reaction.Ravi rampaul and rohit sharma also fined for same reason during some test series I think.

  • on October 30, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    hello my name is lakshyarana im want to play howzat cricket on facebook

  • 5wombats on October 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    @hindh88 - given the yap that a lot of india players gave to the likes of Patel, Swann and Bopara - your accusation of arrogance is plainly ridiculous. india bowlers - Ashwin & Jadeda in particular were making wild desperate appeals that were nowhere near being out. Which of us hasn't been given out to a real bad decision??? This problem - with no DRS, is that bowlers can get right into an umpires face and intimidate them into giving out. With 50,000 people also screaming for the decision it's hard to say "Not Out". The other problem is that once a bad decision like that is given - then it will encourage the bowlers all the more to shout "Howzat". The wombats would also have gone wild if they had been given like that - especially as the indian bowlers by that time were more or less begging umpire for a wicket. That they got KP's wicket in that manner - through begging - is despicable.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 30, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Ok now. Enough of this. That was a howler and shame that KP was pulled up for showing his displeasure. It's not that KP showed his emotion on the umpire for no fault of the umpire unlike Bresnan. Please don't compare Dravid accepting the wrong decisions and moving on. Dravid is known for being quiet and respectful of the umpire in almost everything that the umpire does. He is all class. KP is all class, with his own trademark rare imposing arrogance as well. Pull up the umpire as well for that howler. KP might have pulled a mighty SIX for the winning runs. His fans like me were deprived off that rare moment for England on Indian soil. The umpire was more culpable than KP. Yes, umpire is the supreme authority. But with supreme authority comes humility and the grace that they too accept that they are at fault. Otherwise, this becomes tyranny. I completely support action against Bresnan and I completely oppose this reprimand that KP got.

  • Smithie on October 30, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Reprimand appropriate but this is the umpire has made a number of glaring mistakes in this match and most importantly gave Raina not out as the 3rd ump in the first ODI when the replay clearly showed he was run out. ( a key point in the momentum of the whole series) It is no wonder that Indian umpiring standards are not good enough to give them any representatives on the ICC International elite umpires panel. A damming fact for the supposed "leaders of world cricket" . Srinivasan you will continue to be held to ridicule until you allow DRS to maximise (not get 100% correct) the number of correct umpiring decisions. Get with the REAL WORLD !

  • sabharaj on October 30, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Kp is no Dravid to respect umpires decision and play in the spirit of the game.

  • on October 30, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Arvila, if you're going to take that interpretation of the switch-hit, then it was a no ball as once he switched there where more than two fielders behind square on the the 'leg' side.

  • on October 30, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    All those umpires names sound Indian...I thought home umpires were banned, or is there some T20 loop-hole?

  • Hindh on October 30, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Eng fans can call it whatever but some Eng players like finn and swann have become absolutely arrogant and must be banned for 3 ODI's atleast for their on field childish behaviours......

  • Valavan on October 30, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    The reason is very clear why Indian cricket hates DRS. I am not against the decision, but yesterday a lot of lousy decisions, for dhoni, for bopara and then for KP, for dhoni and bopara, it was plumb on slow turning wicket. But for KP he was on receiving end, well outside leg. I could see indian spinners had the freedom to overappeal and confuse umpires knowing that DRS and ball tracking isnt in place. example, jadeja unsuccessfully had many over appeals for LBW against KP. It was clear all he was following KP till legside and appealling for deliveries which clearly pitched outside leg. In three replays, it was evident that KP stood well far from legstump. Yesterday's umpiring shows why Indian umpires are not in ICC Elite Umpires. cricinfo please publish

  • SamRoy on October 30, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    When one is playing a reverse sweep or a switch-hit as long as the ball is hitting the stumps and is in line with the stumps he should be out irrespective whether it has pitched outside leg or not --- this change needs to be made in the cricketing law. I hope they change at least this one in favour of the bowlers.

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Bizarre, bad umpiring backed up with incompetent officals and administration. Way to go BCCI. Perhaps Pietersen simply asked the umpire if he knows which stump is leg stump?

  • Lmaotsetung on October 30, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @ Gerard Pereira - apples and oranges mate. Puh leeze! Totally different situation. Even the shoelace incident Dravid wasn't sure. God you indian fans are clueless!

  • jaggi.jagan on October 30, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    No doubt it was a bad decision. In my view it was something that offset the earlier lbw decision that went in his favor against the bowling of Ashwin. On another instance, I could see that Kevin Peterson was arguing vehemently with the on field umpire between overs. It is hard to tell what it is. Going by the TV footage, it did not look very good. If sending a wrong message to the spectators and audience is ICC that is concerned about, this incident too deserve a reprimand. KP's on field behavior best explains why he was even removed from the captaincy. Likeable great cricketers are the ones who exhibit CLASS all around. KP has a long way to go before he could earn any brownie points for good behavior.

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    @Arvila, FYI know ur cricket ok kid.. know the difference between a switch hit and the reverse sweep... kevin did not change his stance therefor he was still batting as a right hander therefor the ball pitched outside leg (NOT OUT).. had he gone to switch hit the ball he would have been a lefty so him being given out would have been right.. hope u understand that..being human the umpires would make bad decisions and being human as a player guys will react in some way.... the ICC are trying to create robots,since the have the UDRS to correct and umpires ERROR why not have some tech in place to COrrect the players Emotions at bad calls.... SMH.just saying

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    It is the Divine Right of every englander to whine and throw tantrums and the umpires should know better than to expect them to behave like adults.

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    Pietersen's reaction to a Bopara LBW (which appeared to be hitting he bottom of middle/middle-and-leg) being turned down was far, far, worse. If these so-called umpires were going to report him for anything it should have been that.

    Unimpressed with Asnani and Ravi

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Quite right KP should be censured but I assumed that it was for the dissent he showed after the lbw against Dhoni was turned down, I thought Pieterson was quite restrained when he was dismissed. Both were very poor decisions and I thought the standard of umpiring in the game was a great demonstration of why the DRS system should be employed in all international matches. Quite telling that the host broadcaster didn't show the hawkeye replays or pitch maps for any of the terrible decisions that were made.

  • on October 30, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Dravid was on the recieving end of some shockers last summer even with DRS in place, nobody questioned the umpires. No dissent from Dravid.

  • on October 30, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    The umpire was off the mark by a long way .

  • davidgjones on October 30, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    I didn't see the dismissal, but funny that the cricinfo commentary says "But he's got to go, and to his credit he does so without complaining"! The commentary on that ball also says he was going for a reverse shot, so doesn't that blur the definition of leg/off a bit? Again, I didn't see the dismissal so just speculating.

  • on October 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Ridiculous that the umpires should be so full of their own importance that they lodged a complaint, and a poor ruling by the match referee: even if fining Pietersen he should surely have mentioned the mitigating factor that the decision was obviously wrong. It was so wrong that India tv didn't show the replay with the pitch map - the ball was so far outside leg stump that I think it was sheer disbelief from Pietersen rather than dissent - he just looked shocked & then walked off. Surely there should be some sanction against an umpire who commits such a basic error? The purpose of DRS is to prevent such errors from happening; if BCCI is to continue to reject DRS, then they have to provide better umpires. I agree that players must respect umpires, but then the umpires must also show that they are worthy of respect.

  • Arvila on October 30, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    if he can switch hands and bat as a left hander, then ball did not pitch outside leg...rather it pitched outside off and as such the umpire was right in giving him out...

  • kevinpp24 on October 30, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Raina showed dissent in almost every test in England even asked for DRS during his pair. I remember Rohit asking for third umpire but never got reprimanded. Pietersen wasn't even angry at the umpire he's just laughing politely. Hmmm BCCI rules.

  • legtrap on October 30, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    It was a lousy decision. Interestingly Cricinfo commented at the time on how well KP had accepted it - ?! Perhaps more to the point was the lack of international experience of the appointed umpires. Of the four (two in the middle, one TV and one reserve) only Asnani appears to have had any international experience at all and his recent appointment during the ODI series was the first time he had been used since 1999, more than 12 years ago! Of course players have to accept decisions but at this level they are surely entitled to be judged by officials of proven international competence.

  • on October 30, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    The umpiring standard was awful. Dhoni was out twice before he got to ten (caught at short fine leg off his glove and the plumbest of LBW's you will ever see) Pietersen should have gone when he was on about 40 - and was eventually given out to a shocker that pitched about 8 inches outside leg. At village level you woud complain about the umpire that gave that one. And the BCCI don't want DRS because "it's not perfect". Man.... just guessing would have been better than watching these umpires. Shocking.

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Well, the "clutching" the cap kind of things must be noticed with a penalty. But at this moment I have to agree with Kenny, what a silly decision, being human they are bound to make silly decision and when one is made, they naturally must expect some reaction so such decisions must be made in light of full situation. Bad call ICC. :/

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    He deserved a reprimand anyway for having a go at the umpire for another admittedly bad decision when India was batting. Not cool, Kevin!

  • cricketisagame on October 30, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Kenny, I'm not supporting the umpires but when you switch hit (not the reverse sweep) I am wondering like the umpires, which is your outside leg..?? The bowler saw him changing the stance and hence that cant be outside the leg.

  • mahjut on October 30, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    this was how the dismissal was commentated on:

    Raina to Pietersen, OUT, 57.9 mph, he's given him! Pietersen swivelled into a reverse sweep but missed the ball and was struck on the pad. Raina was bowling round the wicket, however, and this looked to have pitched outside leg. But he's got to go, and *to his credit he does so without complaining*.

    I'm confused!?

  • Lmaotsetung on October 30, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Why were they using Indian umpires for this series? Very obvious they have no hesitation in giving lbw because of the absence of DRS. We all know why BCCI are against it. Being not perfect is just smokes and mirrors. Cook's two lbw decisions were very marginal...both had height issues. Ofcourse BCCI goes one step further and ban ball tracker altogether. How convinient...

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Yes a shocker, but it must be very confusing for umpires when a player goes from right to left handed in the middle of a delivery. However, the strange thing about this dismissal was the reluctance of the broadcasters to not show the rull replay of it, only a low angle shot. Cricket censorship now?? I would not be suprised.

  • Trickstar on October 30, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Poor stuff from the officials really, KP only had surprised look on his face when he was given and tbf to him any other player in the world would have had a surprised look after that call but then he put his head down and walked straight off, it was even mentioned on commentary that he didn't make a big deal of a very poor decision, in which the ball pitched about a foot in legside.

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I'm not surprised Pietersen was disappointed! India are a very tough team to beat with home umpires in place and no DRS.

  • on October 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    To be honest, I would had shown dissent if I were to be given out from a ball that pitches that much outside leg! And I am just a club cricketer! Both umpires had a shocker of a match, do they not get any form of reprimand?

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  • on October 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    To be honest, I would had shown dissent if I were to be given out from a ball that pitches that much outside leg! And I am just a club cricketer! Both umpires had a shocker of a match, do they not get any form of reprimand?

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    I'm not surprised Pietersen was disappointed! India are a very tough team to beat with home umpires in place and no DRS.

  • Trickstar on October 30, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Poor stuff from the officials really, KP only had surprised look on his face when he was given and tbf to him any other player in the world would have had a surprised look after that call but then he put his head down and walked straight off, it was even mentioned on commentary that he didn't make a big deal of a very poor decision, in which the ball pitched about a foot in legside.

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Yes a shocker, but it must be very confusing for umpires when a player goes from right to left handed in the middle of a delivery. However, the strange thing about this dismissal was the reluctance of the broadcasters to not show the rull replay of it, only a low angle shot. Cricket censorship now?? I would not be suprised.

  • Lmaotsetung on October 30, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Why were they using Indian umpires for this series? Very obvious they have no hesitation in giving lbw because of the absence of DRS. We all know why BCCI are against it. Being not perfect is just smokes and mirrors. Cook's two lbw decisions were very marginal...both had height issues. Ofcourse BCCI goes one step further and ban ball tracker altogether. How convinient...

  • mahjut on October 30, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    this was how the dismissal was commentated on:

    Raina to Pietersen, OUT, 57.9 mph, he's given him! Pietersen swivelled into a reverse sweep but missed the ball and was struck on the pad. Raina was bowling round the wicket, however, and this looked to have pitched outside leg. But he's got to go, and *to his credit he does so without complaining*.

    I'm confused!?

  • cricketisagame on October 30, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Kenny, I'm not supporting the umpires but when you switch hit (not the reverse sweep) I am wondering like the umpires, which is your outside leg..?? The bowler saw him changing the stance and hence that cant be outside the leg.

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    He deserved a reprimand anyway for having a go at the umpire for another admittedly bad decision when India was batting. Not cool, Kevin!

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Well, the "clutching" the cap kind of things must be noticed with a penalty. But at this moment I have to agree with Kenny, what a silly decision, being human they are bound to make silly decision and when one is made, they naturally must expect some reaction so such decisions must be made in light of full situation. Bad call ICC. :/

  • on October 30, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    The umpiring standard was awful. Dhoni was out twice before he got to ten (caught at short fine leg off his glove and the plumbest of LBW's you will ever see) Pietersen should have gone when he was on about 40 - and was eventually given out to a shocker that pitched about 8 inches outside leg. At village level you woud complain about the umpire that gave that one. And the BCCI don't want DRS because "it's not perfect". Man.... just guessing would have been better than watching these umpires. Shocking.