In a surprising turn of events during the Big Bash League (BBL) 2023/24 fixture between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers at the MCG on January 6, TV umpire Paul Wilson found himself at the center of controversy.
The incident unfolded in the third over of the Sixers’ run-chase when James Vince’s powerful shot went straight to Imad Wasim. Wasim, attempting a run-out, deflected the ball to the stumps at the non-striker’s end.
The on-field umpire referred the decision to the third umpire, and the replay clearly showed that Josh Philippe had safely returned to the crease before the ball hit the stumps. However, an unexpected twist occurred as the giant screen displayed Philippe as out, creating confusion among players and spectators alike. Philippe, standing stranded, chuckled at the bizarre situation.
The on-field umpire wisely urged everyone to wait for the correct decision, and after a brief delay, Philippe was rightfully adjudged not out. Play resumed, but Philippe’s relief was short-lived as he fell to Scott Boland for just nine runs.
Despite Philippe’s early dismissal, James Vince’s stellar innings of 79 off 57 balls, featuring 12 fours, paved the way for a comfortable seven-wicket victory for the Sixers with 11 balls to spare.
Following this dramatic episode, the Sixers find themselves in the second position on the points table, having secured four wins from eight games. They are trailing behind the table-topping Brisbane Heat, who have won five out of seven matches in the ongoing BBL season.
The unusual umpiring error added a touch of drama to the game, leaving fans and players in suspense before the correct decision was finally made, allowing the match to proceed in a fair manner.