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Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Wanindu Hasaranga Criticizes Umpire Over Controversial No-Ball Decision

In a dramatic twist for Sri Lankan cricket, Captain Wanindu Hasaranga launched a scathing attack on umpire Lindal Hannibal following a contentious no-ball call in the final over of a thrilling encounter against Afghanistan.

Facing a challenging target of 210, Sri Lanka needed 19 runs off the last six balls with Kamindu Mendis on strike. The controversy unfolded on the fourth delivery, a high full toss not deemed a no-ball. However, replays indicated that the ball exceeded the waist limit, sparking outrage within the Sri Lankan team.

Post-match, Captain Hasaranga engaged in a heated exchange of words with the umpire and later unleashed a verbal barrage during the press conference. Visibly frustrated, he expressed, “This can’t happen in an international match. If it had been a bit higher, it could’ve hurt the batsman. The umpire is unfit if he can’t spot something like this. He’d better do some other job.”

Additionally, Hasaranga called for the implementation of a review system for no-balls and wides by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The captain’s strong stance reflects the intensity of emotions and the perceived impact of the controversial decision on the outcome of the match.

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