The poor display of umpiring during the 11th match of the World Cup being played between Australia and West Indies, has left actor Rishi Kapoor furious. West Indies overturned four calls by the two umpires in Thursday's match at Trent Bridge, including two in three balls against Chris Gayle in the third over of the innings by Mitchell Starc.
The ball that trapped Gayle lbw in the following over from Starc should have been a free hit because of a no-ball by the Australia paceman the previous delivery that umpire Chris Gaffaney missed.
The actor who is currently in New York took to his Twitter handle and wrote: "Cricket ICC. Racist umpiring. WI were done for which was so evident twice in an over. Shameful."
West Indies cricketer Carlos Braithwaite also said that the umpiring was 'frustrating.' Carlos Brathwaite said the West Indies were on the wrong end of too much poor umpiring following a 15-run World Cup defeat by champions Australia as Michael Holding slammed an "atrocious" display by the match officials.
"I don't know if I'll be fined for saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating. Even when we were bowling we thought a few balls close to head height were called wides. And obviously three decisions in one over as far as I can remember being dodgy, it was frustrating and sent ripples through the dressing room," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Brathwaite as saying.
Chasing a target of 289 runs, West Indies faced a 15-run defeat at the hands of Australia on Thursday.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle and captain Jason Holder were both twice given out on the field at Trent Bridge on Thursday but, on both sets of occasions, saw their decision to review vindicated by the third umpire.
The mood of the Caribbean side was not helped when standing umpire Chris Gaffaney missed a Mitchell Starc no-ball the delivery before the left-arm quick dismissed Gayle for 21.
Had the New Zealand official called a no-ball, the next delivery would have been a free hit from which the veteran opener could not have been dismissed.
Brathwaite accepted Gaffaney and Sri Lanka's Ruchira Palliyaguruge were doing their best, but he made no attempt to hide his annoyance after the West Indies fell short chasing a target of 289 in Nottingham.
"I don't know if I'll be fined for saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating," Brathwaite told reporters.
Umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Palliyaguruge overturned four of their decisions. Apart from that, Gaffaney also missed a front foot no-ball bowled by Mitchell Starc which sent Chris Gayle back to the pavilion.
"To lose Chris in a chase of 280, who can probably get 180 of them himself obviously, broke the start that we wanted to have. But the umpires do their job, they try to do it to the best of their ability, we as players go out there to do our job as well, so there was no confrontation between the players and the umpires," he said.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder also expressed his exasperation and said they were unlucky to be on the other end of all the decisions.
"I think I'll just say I just found ourselves a bit unlucky to be on the other end of all the decisions. I guess honest mistakes from the umpires, I don't want to get into the officiating part, but it's just ironic. I don't even know what to say about it, but it is a funny situation where all of them went against us, and then we had to review them, but I guess that's part of the game again," Holder said.
West Indies will now face South Africa on June 10.
(With inputs from agencies)