The coach of Pakistan expressed frustration with the umpiring and technology at the Boxing Day Test, calling it a “curse” after their defeat.
Pakistan has asserted that they were the superior team in the Boxing Day Test, but they believe that the outcome of Australia’s 79-run win was determined by technology.
Mohammad Hafeez, coach of Pakistan, strongly criticized the officiating during the Boxing Day Test, stating that despite his team’s superior performance, the outcome was ultimately determined by technology.
Following Australia’s 79-run win on Friday, a heated postscript was added by a former Pakistan spinner, questioning the reliability of the decision-making during the match. He expressed strong dissatisfaction with the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan, who firmly believed he should not have been given out caught behind towards the end of the chase.
According to Hafeez, our team from Pakistan generally outperformed the other team. Our approach to batting was stronger and our bowling was accurate.
“I admit that our mistakes contributed to our loss in the game. However, as a team, I believe there were many positive aspects that could have led us to victory. The inconsistent umpiring and challenges with technology ultimately influenced the outcome, which I believe could have been different.”
Hafeez acknowledged that Pakistan’s performance was hindered by multiple mistakes, including Abdullah Shafique’s costly drop of Mitchell Marsh on the third day. He also advocated for the elimination of the umpire’s call in ball-tracking lbw judgments, following Pakistan’s unfavorable outcome in four such calls during the defeat.
Hafeez expressed frustration with the inconsistency of technology in cricket, stating that it often leads to decisions that are difficult for human players to comprehend. He believes that the basic rule of the ball hitting the stump should always result in an out, and questions why the umpire’s call sometimes overrides this.
During an eventful Test match, the turning point occurred when Rizwan was dismissed by a delivery from Pat Cummins while Pakistan was at 5-219, attempting to chase 317 for a win. Initially, Rizwan was declared not out, but upon review by the third umpire, it was determined that the ball had hit the wristband on his glove and then went through to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
The batter from Pakistan quickly protested, indicating a mark on his forearm where he thought the ball had hit him. This proved to be a pivotal moment in the game, as Pakistan lost 5 wickets for only 18 runs in 6.4 overs, resulting in a 2-0 series disadvantage.
Rizwan, a man known for his honesty, expressed that he did not believe the ball had touched his gloves, according to Hafeez. Hafeez believes that there needs to be solid proof in order for an umpire’s decision to be overturned, and in this case, there was not sufficient evidence. Hafeez also believes that technology is negatively impacting the game of cricket.
When asked about Hafeez’s statement that Pakistan was the better team and was denied the win, Australian captain Cummins responded bluntly, saying, “That’s cool. They played well, but we’re glad we came out with the win. In the end, the winning team is all that matters.”
Cummins supported the umpiring and use of technology in the game, despite being controversially dismissed due to a caught behind call on Friday. He stated, “We don’t completely concur with Hafeez’s statement.”
“I must say, DRS and umpiring are not exact sciences. Sometimes decisions go in your favor, sometimes they don’t. There were a few close calls made by the umpires for both teams. In the end, it all balances out. Overall, I felt this game was evenly matched, so we weren’t too concerned about any specific calls.”