Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) started with a bang as Brisbane Heat’s James Pattinson was left shocked by his dismissal during the opening game of the cricket league.
It was until Adelaide Strikers’ fast-bowler Ben Laughlin and his team decided to withdraw a run-out appeal till it the shocking atmosphere came to the rest.
Heat’s Pattinson was involved in a close run-out decision, which was referred to the third umpire Greg Davidson who declared him Out despite appearing to have made into the crease.
The third umpire’s decision left the players and commentators shocked at the Gabba even though the television replays clearly showed that Pattinson had marginally made his ground after completing a tight single.
OUT OR NOT OUT!? .. You’ll struggle to see a more bizarre sequence of events on a cricket field! 🤷 but somehow, @_jamespattinson survives.. we think!? Thoughts @HeatBBL!?
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Even the on-field umpires Simon Fry and Paul Wilson also seemed confused by the call.
After the bizarre scenes, Pattinson began to walk off the field before he was called back by Adelaide captain Colin Ingram.
“It was a unique scenario,” Ingram was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “I ended up chatting with Benny Laughlin and he said, ‘what’s the option on withdrawing the appeal?’
“The initial idea came from him, the good sport he is.
“We could all clearly see it wasn’t out. You could look like an idiot on TV if it isn’t (out) but you’ve got to back what we saw and our boys were really happy with that.
“We just wanted to get on with the game.”