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Brathwaite and Holding annoyed by umpiring howlers against West Indies
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Brathwaite and Holding annoyed by umpiring howlers against West Indies

Carlos Brathwaite complained about the mediocre umpiring standards on display during the World Cup clash between West Indies and Australia.

The two on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Palliyaguruge saw four of their decisions overturned on review in the course of the West Indies innings with both opener Chris Gayle and captain Jason Holder twice being saved on review.

Gayle was later dismissed by Mitchell Starc, however, the preceding delivery was a glaring front-foot no-ball missed by Gaffaney and could have resulted in a free hit had the umpire given the correct decision.

Brathwaite rued the early wicket of Gayle which stalled the momentum of the West Indies chase as they ultimately slumped to a 15-run defeat.

Although he acknowledged the efforts of umpires, Brathwaite minced no words in showing his frustration at the umpiring gaffes.

"I don't know if I'll be fined for saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating," Brathwaite said.

"Even when we were bowling we thought a few balls close to head height were called wides.

"And obviously three decisions...as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room," the all-rounder added.

"To lose Chris in a chase of 280, who can probably get 180 of them himself obviously, broke the start that we wanted to have.

"But the umpires do their job, they try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out there to do our job as well, so there was no confrontation between the players and the umpires."

Brathwaite did not believe substandard umpiring was solely to blame for defeat but hinted that such errors seemed to favour the opposition more.

"I just think I'd like that for West Indies, we don't have to use all our reviews and that some of the other teams get a chance to use theirs because, every time we get hit on our pad, the finger goes up," he said.

"When we hit the opposition on their pad, the finger stays down. So we have to use our reviews and it's always missing and then we have to use our reviews when we're batting as well and it's always clipping.

"I'm not a technology person, I don't know why that happens, I can just say what I have seen happen over the past few years."

‘Umpires are weak and easily intimidated’ - Holding

Michael Holding dubbed the umpiring as “atrocious” and called into question the ability of the two on-field umpires to withstand pressure.

"The umpiring in this game has been atrocious," the 1979 World Cup winner said.

He wondered aloud whether the umpires were being too lenient towards the Australian players’ persistent appeals.

"For one, even when I was playing and you were not as strict as they are now, you were allowed one appeal," Holding stated, reflecting back on his playing days when umpires would intervene and warn the fielding side.

"You don't appeal two, three, four times to the umpire. They are being intimidated which means they are weak.

"This has been an atrocious bit of umpiring by both (Gaffaney and Palliyaguruge)."