Many think I may say Kumar Dharmasena worst third umpire, No its not him, but the man steal that title was found to be his master. He is D.N. Pathirana !!! If you know your Murphy’s Law regulations well enough you can guarantee that any match between Australia and Sri Lanka is going to attract its fair share of controversy.
And we did not have too long to wait, either, before the first contentious moment of the Aiwa Cup triangular series surfaced. Not that it was too much of a surprise it came from the third umpire’s monitor. While in the scorebook Adam Gilchrist’s run out will go down to Mahela Jayawardena/Romesh Kaluwitharana, the name of the third umpire, D N Pathirana should also feature.
Pathirana took his time as well to make up his mind that Kaluwitharana, although he had dropped the ball and the Australian opening batsman had ground his bat behind the line, had completed the dismissal and had no trouble in sending the Australian opener back to the dressingroom. Around six southern summers ago when the TV replay facility became accepted as form of making decisions there was the distinct impression umpires would often prefer the third man to do the job. Now doubts, long submerged about the policy of using local umpires to fill the third man role are going to get a new airing. There were several games in the World Cup when the third umpire made the sort of errors which caused embarrassment and that made yesterday by Pathirana carried the same incompetent brand mark.
As it is Pathirana took an unusually long time when making up his mind in three of the four run out decisions with the first three causing an awkwardly long buzz of expectancy. Not that the Sri Lankans indulged themselves in the monotonous display of high fives when appealing for Gilchrist’s run out from a throw at deep square leg by Mahela Jayawardena. They were uncertain and mulled around for the three minutes it took Pathirana to make up his mind.