10 Controversies that hogged the spotlight in 2015
Updated - Jan 2, 2016 8:11 pm
The year gone by 2015 was one of the finest years for the level and standard of cricket played during the 12 months. Teams with big reputation failed to live up to it while the smaller names emerged to add glory to the game. But we also saw some controversies, a few banters, hot-headed-heated exchanges and quite a few bans and suspensions. Here are the controversial that hogged the spotlight in 2015.
1. That was not a no ball!
Moments after Rohit was caught off a Rubel Hossain full-toss in the 40th over umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould signaled no-ball but replay suggested that the ball was only waist-high when contact was made and on its way down. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza spoke to Dar briefly and later, in the post-match press conference, steered away from direct criticism of the umpires.
The matter got worst after cricket lovers in Bangladesh started protesting in an unprecedented manner. In the Dhaka University area, an effigy was burnt with protesters chanting the names of the two on-field umpires of the World Cup quarter-final. There were processions in some parts of Dhaka and other parts of the country too.