Dilruwan Perera challenged this decision via the DRS
Dilruwan Perera challenged this decision via the DRS

‘Cheatgate’ farce erupts on eve of Ashes

A FRESH "cheatgate" scandal has erupted in India after Sri Lankan allrounder Dilruwan Perera was busted looking towards his dressing rooms before choosing to challenge his dismissal via the Decision Review System.

Perera's referral has opened a can of worms on the eve of the Ashes with commentators calling for immediate changes to the rules surrounding players looking for advice before challenging umpiring decisions.

It comes after Australian captain Steve Smith famously admitted he had a "brainfade" when he appeared to look up at the Australian dressing room before trying to refer a decision to the DRS during Australia's spiteful tour of India earlier this year.

Perera successfully challenged an LBW decision off the bowling of Mohammed Shami during the first innings of the first Test in Kolkata after he was originally given out by umpires Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong.

The 35-year-old initially walked off after the decision before looking up at his team's change rooms and marching back towards the umpire to challenge the decision.

DRS replays showed Shami's delivery struck Perera outside the line, forcing the decision to be overturned.

Kiwi commentator Simon Doull said in television commentary Perera's actions were "totally unethical".

It lead to public calls for the ICC to clamp down on the vague rules surrounding that a batsman is allowed to do with the 15 seconds they are allowed under the rules to use before notifying the umpire if they intend to challenge an on-field decision.

ICC Standard Test Match Playing Conditions for 2016-17 rules state that the umpire has the ability to reject a DRS challenge if he believes the protesting batsman or bowler has received any input from players off the field.

"The captain may consult with the bowler and other fielders or the two batsmen may consult with each other prior to deciding whether to request a PlayerReview," the ICC rules state.

"Under no circumstances is any player permitted to query an umpire about any aspect of a decision before deciding on whether or not to request a Player Review.

"If the umpires believe that the captain or batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on the field, then they may at their discretion decline the request for a Player Review.

"In particular, signals from the dressing room must not be given."

Shami had the last laugh though, as he dismissed Perera caught behind for five moments later.

Sri Lanka enjoyed a first innings lead of 122 runs before Indian opening pair Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan helped the home team to 0/70 at tea on day four.

The hosts were 70 for no loss at tea, trailing Sri Lanka by 52 runs at Kolkata's Eden Gardens. Openers Rahul (36) and Dhawan (33) were at the crease when tea was called.

News Corp Australia


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