Umpire Shamshuddin pulls out of final T20

Umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin did not do duty as an on-field umpire for the third India-England Twenty20 international, held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday.

Shamshuddin came under fire after he gave a couple of contentious decisions in the second Twenty20, held at Nagpur on Sunday, especially Joe Root's dismissal.   -  reuters

Umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin did not do duty as an on-field umpire for the third India-England Twenty20 international, held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Wednesday. Shamshuddin - originally marked to take charge alongside Anil Chaudhary on the ground - donned the role of the third umpire instead. Nitin Menon replaced Shamshuddin.

Shamshuddin came under fire after he gave a couple of contentious decisions in the second Twenty20, held at Nagpur on Sunday. This had led England captain Eoin Morgan and batsman Joe Root to call on the ICC to introduce the DRS system in Twenty20 internationals.

The reason for this late swap is not immediately known. On Wednesday, Root was asked if he had any objections to Shamshuddin officiating at Bengaluru, as one of the on-field umpires. Root replied, “I have no problem with him umpiring any of our future games. As a player you’re going to make mistakes, and as an umpire you’re going to do exactly the same. I don’t think it would be right to single him out as a person at fault."

The England batsman, however, mentioned that “there were decisions throughout the game that went against us”.

At the end of the Nagpur encounter, Morgan had stated that Shamshuddin’s LBW decision against Root turned the momentum against England. “There is extreme frustration,” Morgan had said.

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