Major controversies of Cricket World Cup 2019

From MS Dhoni's glove row to Michael Holding criticising the on-field umpiring, here's a list of major controversies happened during the Cricket World Cup 2019

'Unseasonable weather'

Throughout the World Cup campaign, the rain has been a talking point as it had played the spoilsport on several occasions. A record four matches were abandoned due to rain. 

The first match of the tournament between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol was washed out without a ball bowled, same happened in Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka and in India vs New Zealand clashes. The match between South Africa and West Indies was abandoned during the eighth over of the first innings as rain played the spoilsport.

Few of the matches were curtailed due rain. 

ICC, however, blamed the disruptions on an "extremely unseasonable weather".

"In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK," ICC said. 

Even the first semi-final between India and New Zealand was forced into the reserve day as it was halted by rain on July 9. 

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Ex-Pak players target India's 'sportsmanship'

Former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis has criticised "sportsmanship" during India vs England match, a clash which impacted Pakistan's bid to reach the last four.

On his official Twitter handle, Waqar wrote, "It's not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are.. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly #INDvsEND #CWC2019."

Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali said, "India have played only five matches so far and they would never want Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals. India's remaining matches are against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and everyone saw the way they won against Afghanistan."

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Fan trolling gets ugly after Pakistan's loss to India

Indian tennis player and wife of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malick, Sania Mirza faced heavy criticism on social media after a video of her supposedly visiting a shisha bar with her husband and her baby went viral. 

Mirza replied to the video that seemed to be posted on Twitter by the person who took it and called it a breach of her privacy, and claimed that the group was merely out for dinner.

In a viral video, a fan could be seen telling Sarfaraz to shed some kilos as he had gained weight when Sarfaraz was out with his son at a mall.

The fan was criticised and he later extended an apology.

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MS Dhoni's gloves controversy

Dhoni's gloves in the opening game against South Africa bore an apparent military insignia that breached rules laid down by the ICC. 

The ICC turned down a request by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow Dhoni to sport the symbol that gained widespread attention on television and on social media in India, with #DhoniKeepTheGlove trending on Twitter.

Dhoni, who is an honorary lieutenant colonel in India's Parachute Regiment, took the field in India's next match without the insignia on his gloves.

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Gayle's vs incorrect umpiring

In a match against Australia, Chris Gayle was given out twice by the umpire in one over of Mitchell Starc but on both the occasions, Gayle reviewed the decisions and the DRS overturned them. 

But Gayle wasn’t third time lucky when he was out to another delivery by Starc which was later found to have been a free hit if the umpire had seen the previous ball which was a no-ball by a huge margin. 

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Holding's criticises umpiring

Former Windies cricketer Michael Holding spoke about Gayle's incident, when he was given out incorrectly on a ball which would have been a free-hit.    

Holding who was commentating during the West Indies-Australia match, termed the umpiring as "atrocious".

"Even when I was playing and you were not as strict as they are now, you were allowed one appeal. You don’t appeal two, three, four times to the umpire," he said. "They are being intimidated which means they are weak. This has been an atrocious bit of umpiring by both."

Although, ICC did not like how Holding reacted on-air and sent an email to all commentators asking them to use restraint while commentating.

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Finch, Kohli complain about zing bails

There have been numerous instants during the ongoing World Cup when the ball has hit the stumps but the bails haven't come off. 

Few incidents involved players like David Warner, Quinton de Cock and Chris Gayle, when bails remained on the stumps even after the ball hit it.

The reason being cited is their weight as there are a lot of wires inside to ensure they glow on being hit.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with Australian captain Aaron Finch has been vocal about how unfair this is for the bowlers.

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Shahzad blames ACB for forced dropping

Afghanistan's regular wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad was ruled out of the tournament citing a knee injury. He was replaced by Ali Khil Ikram. 

Shahzad, however, blamed the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for his withdrawal from the team's squad. 

"My injury wasn't that severe. It was not an injury that required 2-3 months of recovery time. The board is to be blamed for my withdrawal from the Afghanistan squad. I was feeling good, they did not mention anything to me before the replacement," Shahzad said.

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Sri Lanka question 'unfair' ICC 

Sri Lanka manager Ashantha de Mel complained to the ICC about the "unfair" pitches prepared for their matches. He also complained about the poor condition of training facilities and accommodation for the Sri Lankan team.

The ICC, on its part, has denied the allegations saying that pitches were overseen by an independent advisor. 

Sri Lankan team was in the headlines for one more incident when skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and other Sri Lankan players decided to skip the mandatory media conference after their 87-run loss to Australia.

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Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons' Twitter outburst

Gulbadin Naib replaced Asghar Afghan as captain ahead of the World Cup in a last-minute leadership change that was criticised by senior players including Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi.

"I am in the middle of a World Cup and trying to get our team to perform to the level we expect but at the end of the World Cup I will tell the Afghanistan people about the part that Mr Dawlat Ahmadzai had to play in our preparation and his part in the dismissal of #AsgharAfghan," Simmons tweeted.

On the eve of the England match, some members of the Afghanistan team were involved in an altercation at a restaurant in Manchester as the players were unhappy at being filmed and confronted a member of the public.

Naib declined to elaborate on the incident after the loss against England and threatened to walk out of the news conference when pressed further about what happened.

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