The year 2019 saw a lot of action in the field of cricket, from ball-tampering incidents to the controversial ‘Mankading’ in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, several cricket on-field controversies made headlines during the year 2019.
Here is a lists of five controversies in world cricket that drew a lot of attention during 2019:
What happened on the last ball (A throw to the stumps deflected off the bat of a diving Ben Stokes as he tried to complete a second run and raced to the boundary, with Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena awarding six) of the ICC World Cup 2019 final match left even the pundits asking for rules of the game to be changed. Well, the real controversy came after the match. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena admitted to have made an error in awarding four overthrow runs to England. Had Dharmasena not made that mistake, there would perhaps been no tie, no super over, and no boundary countback — It would have been New Zealand, not England, celebrating their maiden Word Cup title.
Going by the books of cricket, it’s a legitimate manner of dismissal. However, it took just one ball in IPL 2019 to acquaint the entire world of Cricket and fans about ‘Mankading’. Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler was left stunned when he was dismissed — Mankaded, at the non-striking end by Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin. This incident created quite a stir and divided the cricketing fraternity in favor of and against the way of dismissal, also leading to the ‘spirit of the game’ debate.
Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul courted an unnecessary controversy with their remarks on the TV show Koffee with Karan. While Rahul chose his words carefully, Pandya was seen bragging unabashedly about his relationships with multiple women. ‘Sexist, misogynistic and racist‘, this was the reaction from the world as Hardik ‘got carried away’ with the format of the show. Pandya later took to social media to apologise for his comments and said that he “got a bit carried away” on the show.
There were claims that Australia’s Adam Zampa tampered with the ball during the second match of the ICC cricket World Cup 2019 against India. In videos that later went viral on social media, Zampa was seen putting his hand in his left pocket before shinning the ball. His team, however, clarified that Zampa used a hand warmer, as he had often done before during the Australia’s domestic Big Bash League. There was no official investigation against Zampa and umpires did not raise any concerns.
Young India cricket team opening batsman Prithvi Shaw was handed a backdated suspension of eight months for a doping violation in the 2018-19 domestic season. The right-handed batsman was said to have inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, found commonly in cough syrups. Shaw provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing programme during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 22 in Indore. He served a ban and made a comeback only in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy against Assam on November 15.