Perth: Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger was bizarrely given out on the seventh ball of an over in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) with umpires failing to realise their mistake.
The veteran’s controversial dismissal for two came in their game against the Sydney Sixers, Sunday evening when the umpires lost count of how many balls had been bowled.
It overshadowed the Scorchers’ seven-wicket win and a quick-fire unbeaten 87 from Cameron Bancroft as he starts to find form again on his return from a nine-month ban for ball-tampering.
Scorchers coach Adam Voges said the controversy was ‘not ideal’. “Obviously it’s the umpires’ jobs to count the number of balls in an over,” he said.
Cricket Australia (CA) said the incident would be ‘followed up’.
“It appears there was a miscount of balls in the over, and a seventh ball was allowed by the umpires,” a spokesperson said on CA’s website. “As the ball was bowled it is deemed live and consequently the decision stands. The incident will be followed up in Cricket Australia’s general match review process and feedback will of course be taken on board.”