West Indian fans left the Trent Bridge ground here an angry lot on Thursday after West Indies suffered a narrow 15-run defeat to Australia in their second 2019 ICC World Cup match.
"They sent us all over England to play hoping we didn't have any support, we travel miles and come here and now they put umpires to thief we!" said disgruntled fan David Blacher as he rushed along the River Trent after he and scores of other members of the Diaspora stormed out the ground after the loss was made even more bitter by the almost half dozen dodgy umpiring calls during the match.
Australia, after stumbling to 79 for five, recovered through a masterful 92 from Nathan Coulter-Nile and 73 from Steven Smith to reach 288. Set 289 for victory, the West Indies ended on 273 for nine off their 50 overs.
However, what angered Blacher and a number of West Indian fans most was the umpiring of New Zealander Chris Gaffaney and Sir Lankan Ruchira Palliyaguruge, who both horrible days.
Each umpire had two decisions overturned by the DRS System, while Gaffaney missed a blatant no-ball from Mitchell Starc on the delivery before the pacer got talismanic opener Chris Gayle out. Had Gaffaney made the no-ball call then, the next delivery would have been a free hit for Gayle.
Instead, Gayle was struck on the pad and the umpire’s lbw call was upheld following another DRS review.
Starc eventually went on to wreck the Windies team with figures of five wickets for 46 runs.
"Why we have to always be victimised at cricket? This won't happen to any other cricket team in the world,” Blacher said.
“We are seen as small people in the eyes of the rulers of the game. Just look at how they have us travelling all around England to play nine games.
When you finished here you are an expert at what England looks like."
West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also raised the poor umpiring during the post-match interviews. He admitted he may face sanctions from the ICC for his comments but said it anyway, as he noted the team seems to always be on the wrong end of unfair calls.
In fact, Blacher called on the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Ricky Skerrit to make representation on the matter.
"The new president must take a stance and make all these things known to the ICC.
West Indies has a serious place in world cricket and he must not be a coward.
He must stick it to them because his team is being treated shabbily."
CAPTION: West Indies supporters Peter Mathews, Michael Bacchus, and Paul Roopnarine look on in dismay after one of the poor umpiring decisions at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Reporter: Vinode Mamchan