Who doesn’t love playing cricket in the streets? ‘Gully Cricket’ is everyone’s favourite sports, be it kids or adults. The fun and excitement of playing cricket in your neighbourhood street or nearby park are totally admissible. There are two teams playing against each other and an umpire to oversee the code of conduct. But what if the International Cricket Council (ICC) itself becomes the umpire of your cricket match?
Yes! In a surprising turn of events, International Cricket Council (ICC) became the reviewer of an amateur cricket match that was played on the streets of a locality. The area is said to be in Pakistan but there is no confirmation on the same.
A video was sent to the ICC on the morning of May 22 by a cricket fan, in which people are seen playing amateur cricket. ICC shared the video on its social media handles with the caption, “A fan named Hamza sent this video to us this morning asking for a ruling”. This took the cricket fans by surprise.
The video clip of the amateur cricket game shows the ball returning to hit the wickets from under the batsman’s legs after he played a shot. Evidently, Hamza wanted to know if the batsman was out or not.
In the caption, ICC ruled its verdict with the caption, “Unfortunately, for the (very unlucky) batsman, law 32.1 confirmed this is… out!” Therefore, ICC confirms that the ‘unlucky’ batsman was out.
Watch the video to see for yourself:
A fan named Hamza sent this video to us this morning asking for a ruling.
Unfortunately for the (very unlucky) batsman, law 32.1 confirms… Out! ☝ pic.twitter.com/y3Esgtz48x
— ICC (@ICC) May 22, 2018
According to the Law 32.1 of ICC’s playing conditions, “The striker is out bowled if his wicket is put down by a ball delivered by the bowler, not being a no ball, even if it first touches the striker’s bat or person”.
The video garnered hundreds of comments and replies within few minutes of being shared by ICC. People had the best of reactions to the video.
Check out some of the comments:
So a guy from far village in Pakistan knows the tules of icc very well..
— التمش (@altmishkahloon) May 22, 2018
He would be arguing otherwise if it was him. Haha in street cricket rules bend depending on which side you are 😝
— Ali Hasnain Yousfani (@AliYousfani) May 22, 2018
Funny Guyss it always happens in Teen-agers always #OUT🤗 But @ICC confirmation 🤔🤔🤔
But @ICC should make Gully cricket Law and Gully cricket will become a official Game…. form All critical Lovers…🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏 pic.twitter.com/laTE4SQ3hK
— Arif Khan🐦 (@mdarifk740) May 22, 2018
We play cricket like this in India for lot of time.
— Vijay Tarate (@tarate_vijay) May 22, 2018
Many thnx ICC, it shows that you have no other job but to watch street cricket in Pakistan 😂🤣😂
Thanks for your love for PAKISTAN 💐
— Shaz (@sk_ansari) May 22, 2018
That leg umpire (in a cap with beard) already gave him out 😜
— Asif Lashari (Pak) 🇵🇰 (@Asif_Baloch28) May 22, 2018
Wow this is just great… thumbs up ICC for the help
— Syed Hasnain Kamal (@SyedHKamal) May 22, 2018
Hahaha that was the video made me smile 1st then i realised that he the most unlucky bastman of the year 2018 😂😂😂😂😂
— Akeel Gorar (@Akeel_Gorar33) May 22, 2018
While some people said it was ‘Not Out’:
Sorry sir… But didn’t see any of the bails falling!!!
— Lucky Singh (@lsingh1089) May 22, 2018
He should have take that bat along with him crying & saying that bat is mine . . If that decision is not ruled in his favour I’m going. RULE NO. me nai khelna 32.1 in gully cricket.
NOT OUT ! 😁
— m a hareez (@KyaFarqPadtaHai) May 22, 2018