ICC Release Different Angle of Disputed Mahela Jayawardene Catch vs. England

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterMarch 28, 2014

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The ICC have taken an unusual measure of releasing footage of the hotly disputed catch of Mahela Jayawardene during Sri Lanka's match with England at the World Twenty20 on Thursday.

There’s been a lot of debate about Steve Davis’ decision as 3rd umpire on the low catch by Michael Lumb in #EngvSL #wt20 1/2

— ICC (@ICC) March 28, 2014

Here are the REPLAYS that Steve Davis saw to make his decision on the low catch by Michael Lumb #EngvSL #wt20 http://t.co/bJe72gPx6X 2/2

— ICC (@ICC) March 28, 2014


Jayawardene appeared to be caught out by Michael Lumb from his first delivery.

With the catch taken low to the ground, however, Jayawardene stood and waited for the decision to be reviewed by the third umpire.

He eventually gave it not out—which baffled many onlookers, who hadn't been shown an angle which suggested it was anything other than a clean catch.

Absolute shocker!!!!!

— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) March 27, 2014

The ICC's footage does show that there was some doubt over the catch, but what it also does is raise another question: Why was this angle not shown in the live broadcast for fans—and even the players—who could then understand what was going on?