MCC instructed the Sri Lankan dressing room to remove their national flag from the team balcony on Sunday after the tourists unfurled it in protest at an umpiring decision.
Sri Lanka complained to the match referee after seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep was deprived of the wicket of Alex Hales because umpire Rod Tucker had wrongly signalled a no-ball.
Not long after, the Sri Lankan flag was draped over the railings of their balcony, where it stayed — in contravention of ground rules — for nearly 45 minutes.
It needed an intervention from MCC to have it removed, but not before Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala had given team management permission to display the flag.
Meanwhile, team officials visited match referee Andy Pycroft to ask why Tucker — who later apologised to Sri Lanka — called a no-ball when replays showed part of Pradeep's heel behind the line a split second before he bowled Hales, who had 58 at the time and went on to make 94.
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said: 'It just seems strange with technology available that you can still get a line call wrong.'
Sumathipala said the presence of the flag was a show of solidarity: 'It was to say, 'Boys get together'. We're not happy with the decision, but your country is more important.'
Graham Ford, the Sri Lanka coach, said: 'It just seems strange with technology available that you can still get a line call wrong. Surely we can get to the point where that problem can be taken out of cricket.' (Daily Mail)
Just pathetic umpiring throughout this whole series!
Ravi Tuesday, 14 June 2016 01:43 PM
Azad Monday, 13 June 2016 10:06 PM
And is it any wonder why anyone who visits us still thinks we are uncivilized people.
IVJ Monday, 13 June 2016 08:01 PM
David, stop displaying your ignorance in front of the entire world.
Angelo Monday, 13 June 2016 07:04 PM
Pathetic Britishers, thinking they are better than us
Perk Monday, 13 June 2016 07:02 PM
Sri Lanka, you're in England, please do not behave like the 3rd world, wild and untamed people that you are when you're back home. Have some respect! How many times have you "Lions" cheated?
ramesh Monday, 13 June 2016 07:02 PM
I think you're getting confused with America
ANTON Monday, 13 June 2016 06:34 PM
THIS IS THE CORRECT POSITION, HE IS ABOUT TO RAISE HIS RIGHT FOOT AND MOVE HIS RIGHT ARM TO RELEASE THE BALL, HE CAN'T MOVE HIS BODY FURTHER WITH JUST ONE FOOT.
Sinhabahu Monday, 13 June 2016 04:40 PM
In my honest opinion British people are the biggest jokers of the world.They ask to put down our national flag at a cricket match but allow LTTE flags to display at their international Air Port when our former president visit their country.Mind you LTTE is a banned terrorist organization in their country.I can only laugh at them by using another part from my body not from the mouth.
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 13 June 2016 03:29 PM
The photograph shows the heel on the crease while the ball is still in the bowlers hand. We need to see position of his leg when the ball is just about to leave his hand.
Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 13 June 2016 02:52 PM
We'll have the last laught today; lords are going to buckle.
ANTON Monday, 13 June 2016 09:53 AM
FOURTH UMPIRE'S DECISION !!! STEP OF THE LION IS WRONG........
Sincere Monday, 13 June 2016 01:47 PM
Forget about umpire's debacle. No one has the authority to remove the national flag of a country!
David savindra Monday, 13 June 2016 01:13 PM
British is a Christian country they go to church eventually they will start preaching hate and racism . That's facts
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 13 June 2016 11:41 AM
Absolutely correct. We are showing off our uncivilized behavior.
IVJ Monday, 13 June 2016 11:33 AM
Aquarius Monday, 13 June 2016 11:01 AM
Even if the umpire was wrong, this is not the way to protest. There are other ways to do it. Sumathipala took SL politics to the Lord's balcony. Disgraceful!
shanthapriya Monday, 13 June 2016 10:40 AM
umpires are correct.pradeep bowls out of the crease that time
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 13 June 2016 10:32 AM
Mistakes happen and need to be corrected and respected. But the yakkos should not use the national flag the way they use it in SL i.e. for discrimination, protests, abuse and even to protect criminals (in the name of patriotism).
chux Monday, 13 June 2016 10:29 AM
ICC is deaf
Cricket Monday, 13 June 2016 10:05 AM
It is NOT a no ball. He is within the rules. via DM Android App
Jay Monday, 13 June 2016 09:58 AM
Boys.. use this as a catalyst to make a firm determination not to give your wickets cheaply. If you do that you can write the answer to this injustice by making a historical run chase and win.
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