Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Khil was run out in a bizarre fashion in the ODI between Afghanistan and West Indies in Lucknow on Wednesday, with West Indies wicketkeeper Shai Hope knocking off his bails when he had stepped out of his crease to congratulate his batting partner on reaching his half-century.
Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali left the crease to Congratulate his partner Rahmat Shah ( Whilst the ball was still in play ) after he scored a Fifty
And Shai Hope Ran him out
— Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) November 6, 2019
The incident derailed the Afghanistan innings after Ikram Ali, the 19-year-old wicketkeeper in the side, and Rahmat Shah had stitched together a 111-run stand for the third wicket. From 126/2 at that stage, Afghanistan were eventually dismissed for 194.
West Indies chased down the target successfully – with 7 wickets and 3 overs to spare – to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
West Indies keeper Shai Hope has been criticized by some fans for running Ikram Ali out when he had not been looking for a run, but had simply left his crease to join Rahmat Shah in celebrating his 50.
However, the ball had not been signaled to be dead when Ikram Ali left his crease. Neither had he had a word with the umpires or the West Indies side before leaving his crease.
— Chirag Chheda (@chhedachirag185) November 6, 2019
The decision was referred to the third umpire, who gave the batsman out.
Ikram Ali, gesturing that he thought that the ball had been dead, had to walk off for 58.