Mohammad Hafeez slams umpiring after controversy over Mohammad Rizwan’s dismissal during second Test

Pakistani Team Director Mohammad Hafeez lashes out at the umpiring controversy after wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan was given out in controversial circumstances.

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Mohammad Hafeez (Source-Twitter)

Pakistan’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez has slammed the umpiring during the 2nd test in Melbourne. Mohammad Rizwan was given out in controversial circumstances which has caused a huge debate.

Australia won the game by 79 runs to seal the series ahead of the final game in Sydney. Pat Cummins picked his second fifer of the game to be given the Player of the Match award. The 30-year-old Australian skipper ended the year on a high as he led his team to yet another series win.

For the Pakistan team it was a heartbreaking loss that extended their winless record Down Under. Shan Masood led from the front as he slammed half-centuries in each innings of the Test match.

Mohammad Hafeez shows his anger towards the umpiring –

After the 79-run loss to Australia on Friday it was the turn of Mohammad Hafeez to face the media. The former skipper of Pakistan did not hold back on the controversial dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan on the 4th day.

The Pakistani wicketkeeper was batting on 35 when the Australians went up for an appeal. It seemed the ball had hit the gloves but different angles showed that it had hit his arm. The third umpire decided to give the batter out which became a huge raging issue on social media.

Addressing the issue to the media, Mohammad Hafeez said “We made some mistakes as a team. We will take that and address those things. But at the same time, I believe the umpiring was inconsistent”

The 43-year-old also said “Technologically, I am in favor of it if it gives you a benefit, but if it is bringing some doubt and curse into the game it should not be acceptable for anyone. We play this beautiful game of cricket on the basis of the game, but sometimes the technology brings some decisions which obviously as a human we don’t understand. The ball hitting into the stumps is always out. Why is there an umpire’s call? I never understand.

The final test of the series will be played in Sydney and Pakistan have a lot of issues to address. The Australians will want to continue the winning momentum as the New Year beckons. David Warner will be emotional as he takes the field during his final Test which starts on the 3rd of January.