Asia Cup is one of the biggest cricket tournaments in the world, which has produced many great moments on the field in the last 40 years. During the last decade or so, the rivalry among the Asian nations has gone beyond the traditional power centres like India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The emerging cricket nations, including the likes of Bangladesh and Afghanistan have added more spice to the cricketing discourse in Asia in recent times. This has meant that the big teams have to raise their game to the next level to ensure that they don’t lose their top billing in the continent.
Due to this phenomenon, the quality of players in Asia have improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years, which is quite similar to the rising standards of umpiring in the continent. But still, from time to time, these players and umpires do experience tough moments in their careers, especially during the highly octane cricket spectacle such as the Asia Cup.
With that, SportsTigers looks back at the four most controversial umpire decisions in Asia Cup history.
1. Rohit Sharma fumes after umpire gives Asif Ali not out on DRS following a spike on ultraedge
During the must-win clash between India and Pakistan in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2022, when Asif Ali went for a pull on a drag down delivery from Ravi Bishnoi in the 18th over of the run chase, he missed his stroke altogether. Rohit Sharma went for the DRS straight away, wherein the ultraedge showed a spike when the ball was next to the bat/glove.
But, in a surprising turn of events for many, the third umpire took his time to not overturn the on-field decision, which led to the Indian captain confronting the on-field umpire in his face. India went on to lose the pulsating encounter on the second last ball of the match by five wickets.