Former Pakistan cricket team skipper, Salman Butt, has raised concerns over the standard of umpiring in the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023. Butt voiced his disappointment, particularly highlighting controversial dismissals during crucial matches, including Australia’s game against South Africa and the India vs Pakistan encounter.
Miss management of umpiring in World Cup 2023
Notably, the dismissals of key Australian players, Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis, sparked a massive controversy, leaving both players and fans questioning the umpiring decisions.
Following the Australia-South Africa clash, star players David Warner and Jonny Bairstow also expressed their dissatisfaction with decisions that seemed to go against them. The controversies surrounding umpiring decisions have added a layer of debate and concern during this highly anticipated World Cup.
Here is what Salman Butt says
Butt criticized the umpiring decisions, deeming them below the expected world-class standards.
“The umpiring hasn’t been up to the mark in the World Cup—very pathetic decision-making. The likes of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow made marginal decisions. During the India-Pakistan game, Mohammad Rizwan was given out; luckily, he took a review, and the decision was overturned. Then, Babar Azam could have been given out in that match, but he survived. There are no world-class umpiring standards,” expressed Butt.
What Butt says on Arthur controversy
Adding to his concerns, Butt was also displeased with Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur’s comments following their defeat against India. Arthur had expressed disappointment regarding the lack of support for Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium, suggesting that the India vs Pakistan match felt more like a “BCCI event” than an “ICC event.”
“That was totally uncalled for and unprofessional. It was something that was beyond his control and something he should be the last person to be worried about. His job is to motivate players, irrespective of the circumstances. It won’t have a good effect on the team if he makes such statements,” emphasized Butt, urging Arthur to focus on motivating the cricketers regardless of external factors.