Australia vs Pakistan 2019, Naseem Shah, David Warner
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It seems like the idea to bring no-ball review into the game might happen soon with the regular increase of umpiring errors at the bowler’s crease. The game of cricket had already witnessed quite a few matches turning upside down due to the error of the umpires on the field. In the latest, the umpires have failed to notice as many as 21 no-balls in the ongoing Test match between Pakistan and Australia on Day 2.

Yes, there were 21 no-balls only in the first two sessions of Day 2 which weren’t spotted by the umpires which sparked a massive debate after the end of the second day of Brisbane Test. Though ICC hasn’t issued any statement regarding the uncalled no-balls, it is something which should be looked into by the cricketing body.

Naseem Shah, Australia vs Pakistan 2019, 21 No-Balls, Umpire Errors
Naseem Shah (Credits: Twitter)

21 no-balls bowled on Day 2:

There was already enough drama in the Test match regarding the no-ball scenario. Initially, David Warner escaped on Day 2 when Naseem Shah bowled a no-ball to which he got a wicket. Later, there was a bit of drama on Day 1 of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan as Pat Cummins got a crucial wicket of Mohammad Rizwan off a very close no-ball ball.

Both the commentators and former Australian cricketers doubted that Cummins had bowled a no-ball delivery because when the umpires went upstairs, it looked like the bowler had overstepped. However, the third umpire thought otherwise and ruled the batsman out. It sparked controversy since no part of the foot was behind the line.

The Channel 7, the official broadcasters of Australia vs Pakistan series, has released a video of the massive blunder by the umpires. Surprisingly, all those 21 no-balls came in just 2 sessions of day 2.

Coming to the match, it was a day of complete dominance by the Australian batsmen. In fact, it was a dominating day by David Warner, who smashed Pakistan bowlers to all corners of the park with ease. Warner finished with 154 runs while Joe Burns was unfortunate to miss out a deserving century with just 3 runs. On Day 3, Marnus Labuschagne added to the vows of Pakistan by knocking a scintillating 185.

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