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Pakistan v England 2022/23

‘I’ll check again’ – Ben Duckett lbw DRS review re-done after ‘inter-umpire beef’ between Joel Wilson and Aleem Dar

Ben Duckett is given not out on DRS, and Aleem Dar is unimpressed
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

TV umpire Joel Wilson and on-field umpire Aleem Dar were in clear disagreement over an lbw review against Ben Duckett, with Wilson agreeing to revisit the review at Dar’s insistence.

Wilson – and Duckett – eventually won out, but the England batter’s reprieve was a short one, with another lbw decision overturned in the opposite direction in the same over.

The incident occurred in the 19th over of the second Pakistan-England Test at Multan, with England 1-0 up in the series. Duckett had got off to another fast start, bringing up his half-century off 40 balls and hitting six and four the two deliveries after the milestone to signal an increase in intent.


However, Pakistan seemingly had their man soon after, with Duckett given lbw attempting to sweep. A lengthy conversation with Ollie Pope indicated that the opener didn’t feel he had hit the ball, but Pope seemed to suggest the ball might have turned past off-stump, and so Duckett reviewed.

Wilson initially ruled ‘not out’ quickly, with an UltraEdge spike showing when the ball was next to the glove, and asked Dar to overturn his decision. However, Dar disagreed, with the toe of the bat also next to the ground at the same moment. While Dar’s side of the conversation couldn’t be heard, Wilson was heard saying “I’ll check again,” and explaining that, while the bat was hitting the ground, in his opinion the ball was hitting the glove at the same moment.

Dar continued to look unimpressed, but agreed to overturn his decision. Clause 3.3.6 of Appendix D of the ICC’s World Test Championship playing conditions, which concerns DRS, states: “If despite the available technology, the third umpire is unable to decide with a high degree of confidence whether the original on-field decision should be changed, then he/she shall report that the replays are ‘inconclusive’, and that the on-field decision shall stand.”

There was plenty of enjoyment of the moment off the field, with two umpires disagreeing an unusual occurrence.

And there was even more surprise when Dar, considered one of the best umpires in the game, was forced to overturn another decision later in the over, again against Duckett.

There were four successful player reviews on the first morning at Multan, two for each side. Pakistan took five wickets on the first morning, with Abrar starring.

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