The tempers have started flaring in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) as the tournament has reached its final phase, The Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers locked horns in the qualifier with a place in the final at stake. The season has been in the news over the blunders committed by the on-field umpires so far.
And it was time for yet another such decision and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was at the receiving end. The incident took place in the 13th over of the innings. Steve O’Keefe was the bowler who delivered a wide delivery even as Marsh tried to direct the ball to the fine leg but missed it.
The wicket-keeper Josh Philippe collected the ball and came up with a vociferous appeal for the caught-behind. And the umpire duly obliged to it raising his finger much to the despair of the Scorchers and Mitchell Marsh. He was distraught with the decision as the replays also confirmed that the ball was nowhere near the bat.
He was angry over the umpire and threw some verbal volleys at him while returning to the pavilion. Cricket Australia took his actions into account and has fined him for AUD 5000 charging him with a Level 2 offence under the CA Code of Conduct.
“Marsh was charged by match referee Bob Stratford under Article 2.8 of Code of Conduct for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during a match. Marsh accepted the charge and proposed a sanction of a $5000 fine,” a statement from Cricket Australia read.