BRIDGETOWN, (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was incorrectly given out during the second test against West Indies because the television broadcaster showed the wrong replay to the review umpire, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said yesterday.
The ICC said the mix-up was made by the host broadcaster, IMG Media, but it was too late to change the decision.
“Having looked into the situation, I am satisfied it was an unfortunate but honest mistake in what is a tense and live environment,” ICC match referee Chris Broad said in a statement.
“Seeing as the game has continued, clearly there is no opportunity to reverse the decision. We are forced now put it behind us and move on with the remainder of the match.”
The incident occurred on the first day when Dhoni was caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on off the bowling of Fidel Edwards. The on-field umpire Ian Gould suspected the delivery may have been a no-ball so he sought confirmation from the third umpire, Gregory Brathwaite.
Dhoni was given out after the replay Braithwaite watched showed the bowler delivering a legal ball. However, it later emerged that Braithwaite was shown the wrong delivery and the actual delivery had in fact been a no-ball.
“This was a case of human error, compounded by a senior replay operative having to return home at very short notice,” an IMG spokesman said.