BPL 2019: Shahid Afridi was declared not out despite being out of the crease when the bails were dislodged
The fielding team was confused why it was given not out and the umpires had to clarify the reason.
Updated - Jan 23, 2019 4:21 pm
When Shahid Afridi is in the thick of things, the news is not too far. The former Pakistan international who still sweats it out in franchise cricket is currently playing for Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and although he has not hit form so far in the tournament, one incident on Monday saw him getting some publicity online.
Afridi was batting at No.8 as the Victorians were chasing 177 to win against Rajshahi Kings in a league match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The Victorians never looked in a strong position during the chase despite the openers giving them a decent start with 37 runs in less than six overs.
It was in the 15th over when pacer Mustafizur Rahman was bowling and Afridi tried to loft one angled delivery from the bowler but missed it completely. He thought that it was beyond his reach and thus looked at the umpires seeking a wide decision and while he did so, the batsman didn’t notice that he was standing out of the crease.
The Kings wicketkeeper, Zakir Hasan acting in accordance with that, threw the ball back into the stumps, dislodging the bails. The fielding side appealed but the umpire turned it down. It turned out that the keeper had spent a few moments before trying to run Afridi out and the ball was dead by then.
Here is the video of the incident from BPL 2019:
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The dashing Pakistani hit two sixes in his 19
Afridi though did not last long and managed 19 off 15 balls hitting two sixes and a boundary during his short stay. The Victorians were all out for 138 in 18.2 overs, losing the match by 38 runs. It was an all-round performance from the Kings that saw them prevailing over the opponents.
Englishman Laurie Evans hit an unbeaten century for the Kings and then bowling spearhead Kamrul Islam Rabbi took four wickets, including that of Afridi, for just 10 runs to derail the Victorians’ chase.
In the points table, however, Victorians continue to lead the Kings despite both have eight points each from seven matches. The Victorians will take on toppers Dhaka Dynamites on Tuesday in a crucial game.