Brimstone and Fire on the Cricket Field: Three Iconic Instances

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 Windies pacemen vs Kiwi Umpires …….February 9, 1980, saw scenes that have rarely been seen on a cricket field. West Indies, on short tour to New Zealand, felt the umpires were biased. In the first Test in Dunedin, Michael Holding knocked over the stumps at the striker’s end after a caught-behind was turned down by umpire John Hastie. “This was not cricket and I didn’t have to be part of it. I was on my way to the pavilion, quite prepared not to bowl again, when Clive Lloyd and (Deryck) Murray persuaded me back,” Holding said. Later in the tour, Colin Croft shoulder-barged umpire Fred Goodall while running in to bowl. It marked the lowest point in the cricket relations between the two teams and the only incident where an umpire was assaulted by a player in an international game.”

 Lillee vs Miandad: “Pakistan’s Javed Miandad clashed with Australia’s Dennis Lillee in one of the most disgraceful incidents on a cricket field. Lillee and Javed collided as the batsman completed a run during the November 1981 Perth Test. Lillee proceeded to kick Javed on the leg to which Javed reacted angrily, threatening to hit the bowler with his bat. Umpire Tony Crafter stepped between the two as Lillee prepared to have another go at Javed. The blame for the incident was laid on Lillee by many experts. Former Australian captains like Bob Simpson and Ian Chappell condemned Lillee’s behaviour.”

 Gatting vs Rana: “England captain and Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana were embroiled in an angry, nose-to-nose, finger-wagging exchange on December 8, 1987, inFaisalabad.England were miffed with Pakistani umpires in the series when things boiled over with this incident. Rana accused Gatting of cheating by moving a fielder while the bowler was running in. Abuses were exchanged. Rana refused to umpire without a written apology from Gatting. Gatting demanded the same for being called a cheat. Day 3 was lost entirely withEngland in a strong position to level the series. Gatting grudgingly apologized at the behest of theEngland board.”

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