Even though cricket is termed as a gentleman’s game, it has been surrounded by controversy ever since its inception. It is a game where umpires are held in the highest esteem as their decisions play a major role in deciding the outcome of the match.
Over the years we have witnessed a mixture of both extraordinary and controversial decisions given by umpires, but with the emergence of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), the percentage of wrong decisions have reduced significantly.
While wrong decisions from an umpire is a part and parcel of the game, there are certain umpires who has been in the thick of controversies on numerous occasions and have hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons.
Here are five of the most controversial umpires of all time:
#5 Shakoor Rana
The former Pakistani umpire was in the center of controversy in a Test match between England and Pakistan in 1987 when he was involved in a heated argument with England captain Mike Gatting.
The argument halted the match as both of them squabbled and fingers were pointed at each other which was broadcasted worldwide. The foul language used by them was clearly audible through the stump mic. Rana accused Gatting of cheating as he reportedly changed his fielding position during the bowler’s delivery stride.
The umpire was also wearing a Pakistani sweater and hat which didn’t go well with England either. Gatting eventually issued an apology after the umpire threatened to leave the game.
Gatting was not the only captain who had an argument with Rana. In 1984, Kiwis captain Jeremy Coney threatened to leave the field with his team after Rana had passed a controversial decision in favour of Javed Miandad