The basic question that I am still struggling with though, even after your reference to hearsay evidence and so forth, if I am bringing a case regarding for instance the complaint below, shouldn't it be that any evidence presented to defend these issues ought to be RELEVANT and other issues of any potential violations on my part be negated? And even so, if the other team did had any issues with me, shouldn't they also had to file those claims according within the guidelines established?
April 14th, 2013
Warriors Vs. D'Diamond
Location - 199 North
Today, I witnessed one of the most deplorable umpiring ever by one - Anil Jangellie, in the game between Warriors and D'Diamond CC.
Here are the series of events:
1) Toss spun at 12:20 PM - toss won by D'Diamond CC
2) 12:30 PM, Diamond gave me their team list and at that time their captain - Kumar Arjune asked what we are going to do for umpires. I said to him, you put your two umpires’ when you are batting and we will put ours when we are batting. He agreed (witnessed by Manny Husain – Warriors manager). D'Diamond decided to bat first.
3) 12:35 PM Warriors took the field as I took our team list over to Kumar. He accepted the list and then told me he is deducting 2 overs. I asked him how did he arrived at the two overs, it is now 12:38 pm. He stated that we didn't start yet and that by the time we start it will be 12:40pm. I walked over to Manny and told him what Kumar stated and we agreed with the 2 over deduction to be implemented when Warriors bat.
4) At half time we had D'Diamond reeling at 60 for 7 with all their topline batsmen already out
5) Warriors, was the major underdogs, and we shock them by bowling them out for 94.
6) When D’Diamond took the field, Manny and Neil - two very proficient umpires were going to umpire for Warriors, and at that time Kumar stated that the was going to send one of his own umpire, Anil Jangellie, the same umpire that umpired when they batted. He wasn’t a player in the match. In the best interest of the game, Warriors did not object and so, the two umpires Neil and Anil alternated after each over.
Issue Number 1:
With Jay Mahadeo batting, Sadiek Hanif the non-striker and Ricky Sriram bowling. Ricky Sirram bowled a rooter down the leg side. The ball did not leave the ground all the way to the keeper. Jay Mahadeo swung at the ball backwards, the ball got a bottom edge but continued on the ground towards the keeper (Ken Lopez). When Jay swung at the ball the ball did not deviate, it continued all the same line as delivered by the bowler. The ball was fielded by the keeper not at catch but as ground ball. An appeal went up (D’Diamond appealed at every possible opportunity) and immediately the umpire, Anil raised his finger even though he could not see the play cleanly because the batsman in the stride obstructed his view. There was a delay, Anil realizing that he made a mistake came over to the square leg umpire to asked his view of the play (something that he should have done first), Neil the square leg umpire told Anil, that the ball did not carry to the keeper. Yet Anil disagrees and kept saying the ball hit my shoe. Now imagine this for a second, if I swung backwards that means to ball already passed my shoe how is possible for the ball to hit my shoe after it passes it. Which is also the reason why the umpire could not have seen the play cleanly in order to make the correct decision and that case should have consulted the square leg umpire. Which he did subconsciously after and was told point blank that the ball did not carry to the keeper.
Issue Number 2:
With Sachin bowling and Sadiek batting, the ball bounced over the batsman’s shoulder, clearly not a wide as it passed within the lines. Manny (who had replaced Neil) signaled "no ball". The ruling umpire again – Anil, signaled "wide" instead.
Issue Number 3:
With Sadick batting and Anil umpiring, Sadiek drove at a ball the umpire claimed he did not see a nick but he heard something and gave Sadiek out "caught behind"
At this time, I went on to the field to ask Kumar to talk with Anil. Kumar came over reluctantly. I asked Kumar if Anil is a registered umpire. He said yes. I asked him if he knows the rules, the captain said "yes". I then asked Kumar to replace Anil. He asked why, and I stated that he has been making some bad calls outlined what those bad calls were. At that time Kumar refused to have his umpire, Anil replaced.
Issue Number 4:
Several of the Warriors batman complained that D’Diamond’s umpire, Anil was allowing D’Diamond players to talk on the field during play. Yet, Anil never called a "dead" ball. In fact, Sachin would come up to bowl and say "watch this, watch this". Yet the umpire did nothing to stop it.
Issue Number 5:
Neil - non-striker, Peter King – striker, and Kamal Rahaman – bowler. Neil noticed that D'Diamond had a six (6) three (3) field - 6 one the leg, 3 on the off. Peter hit the ball for a 6. Neil then turned to the umpire - Anil and asked why that isn’t a "no ball", Anil said it wasn't. Then Neil showed him the field positioning then he agreed and signaled "no ball" with of course D’Diamond complaining.
Issue Number 6:
In that same over, with Neil batting. Neil hit the ball in the air towards deep long-on. The trajectory of the ball was going over the boundary. The fieldsman - Kem Persaud ran towards to ball and with outstretched hand, caught the ball but by that time he was already in the boundary. Ken continued his stride outside the boundary and at the same time threw the ball to one of this team mates. Manny saw the play all way and went out to the boundary where the ball was caught and explained to the ruling umpire, Anil what he saw. After a long discussion, greater than 5 minutes, Anil then came back to his spot and ruled the batsman (Neil) out.
Issue Number 7:
Manny umpiring, again D'Diamond had a 6 - 3 field with the back-stopper directly behind the wicket keeper. Manny warned D'Diamond team twice and on the third occasion, Manny called "no ball", the entire D’Diamond team rushed Manny, including the man behind the keeper (D'Diamond #10 batsman (don't know his correct name), swearing and cursing on the field "No F*****ing way"
Issue Number 8:
D’Diamond’s umpire, Anil, his umpiring was conducted under the influence of Alcohol. He was observed drinking before the game, during the D’Diamond innings when they batted, after D’diamond innings was completed, between innings break before Warriors went in to bat, and at the end of the first half of Warriors innings. We saw this because both teams were sitting in the same area.
In my opinion, D'Diamond knew there was no possible way they could have won this game without CHEATING. Warriors shocked them and then they decided to take matters into their own hands. It was one of the most blatant cheating by an umpire that I have ever seen. Calling 3 batsman out when they are clearly not out, calling "wide" when it's a "no ball", not calling "no ball" when a team has implied a 6-3 field, not calling "dead ball" when fielding players are talking on the field is a clear and is a concise depiction of someone who was pre-mediated to cheat for his team and the fact that this umpire deliberately ignore simple basics of cricket rules and how it should be applied during a game is atrocious.
In addition, the fact that I had a verbal agreement with D’Diamond’s captain Kumar Arjune on how we were going to handle the umpiring - his when they are batting, ours when we are batting and then when it is time to execute this agreement, he gets a brain aneurism, claiming he doesn't remember me telling him that; this was a plan to cheat their way to victory. Manny witnessed this agreement between Kumar and me when Kumar handed over D'Diamond's team list.
Furthermore, after several mishaps with their umpire, Anil and Warriors requesting that he be replaced/remove and Kumar refusing to abide by this request proves a telling story.
In closure, I’m appealing to the DC members, what is a team supposed to do when they get screwed over, one decision after another; are they to keep playing or walk off. If you walk off then you lose your right to protest. How is this fair? This is the first time (in years) since I have been a part of Warriors CC that we are protesting a game. I would be the first one to understand how difficult it is to be an umpire sometimes, but when you have the ability to consult with another highly proficient umpire (at square leg) who gave a completely different account of what the play actually was. It brings a lot the despicable actions to the fore front of those who committed it.
It crossed my mind several times in this game to walk off the field, but in my true nature I would never give up a game freely to an opponent. With all the obstacles we faced in this game and despite all the bad calls we were still persevering to win this game but every time we seem to be set along that path, it was taken away from us with another brutal umpire call.