Referral decision row: Saeed Ajmal slams umpire Steve Davis

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015,18:31 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Lahore | Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who was pulled out of ICC 2015 World Cup after he was reported for a suspect bowling action, lashed out at Steve Davis, saying the ICC Umpire had victimised Pakistan after he ruled batsman Umar Akmal caught behind on a referral decision during their match against India in Adelaide on Sunday.
‘Steve Davis has always had issues with us and even when we did not want him for a match no one listened to us,’ Ajmal was quoted by ‘Dunya news channel’.    ‘Even at that time I remember Gautam Gambhir telling Sachin Tendulkar not to take a referral as it was a big out yet when the referral was taken it showed the ball going outside the leg-side and this raises lot of questions about this technology. After all this technology is also managed by human beings,’ he added.
Along with Saeed Ajmal and two other former Test players of Pakistan, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Imran Nazir also backed his arguments. Umar’s dismissal had a big bearing on the match. Ajmal and Nazir said. Ajmal also questioned, When the snickometre did not show anything and there was no sound why was Umar given out on referral. Why was the field umpire’s original not out decision not upheld.