‘Fake fielding’ creates controversy in Big Bash League

A case of ‘fake fielding’ came up in the 52nd match of the Big Bash League’s ongoing season between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades.

There is a provision in cricket’s laws which empower the umpires to penalise a fielding team five runs if they determine that a fielder has purposely tried to distract the batsmen.

Late in the BBL match between Hobart and Renegades, Hobart’s fielder George Bailey ran towards the ball and slid on the ground to give an impression that he was going for the ball, which was eventually caught by Ben McDermott who came in running from the boundary.

While the umpires decision to rule it as ‘fake fielding’ caused much upset to the fielding team, Cricket Australia later stated that the umpires were correct with their interpretation.

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