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The former captain of Pakistan criticises umpiring

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during the 2023 Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan

The former captain of Pakistan’s cricket team voiced his displeasure with the umpiring quality during the current Cricket World Cup 2023.

Salman Butt, a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, voiced his displeasure with the umpiring quality during the current Cricket World Cup 2023. Following a huge debate over the dismissals of Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis during Australia’s match against South Africa, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow expressed their displeasure with the rulings that went against them. Butt feels that during the India vs. Pakistan game, the umpiring was not up to par or even remotely “world-class,” with Mohammad Rizwan escaping an LBW appeal with the help of a careful review.

“The World Cup umpiring hasn’t lived up to expectations—very poor call-making. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, for example, received unimpressive choices. Muhammad Rizwan was declared out of the India-Pakistan match; fortunately, he requested a review, which resulted in the decision being overturned. Then, in that match, Babar Azam might have been eliminated, but he lived. World-class umpiring standards do not exist.”
Butt was also not happy with Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan team director, remarks made after the team’s loss against India. The India vs. Pakistan match in the Cricket World Cup 2023 felt, Arthur claimed during the post-match news conference, like a “BCCI event” because of the lack of support for Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

However, Butt branded the remarks “uncalled for” and asked him to inspire the cricket players.

“That was incredibly inappropriate and unprofessional. He ought to be the last person to be concerned about it since it was out of his control. His responsibility is to inspire players under any situation. If he makes such comments, it won’t be beneficial for the squad,” he said in closing.

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