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Hawk-Eye projection was incorrect in Masood's dismissal, confesses ICC

Lef-handed, Shan Masood was given out in the 30th overĀ  of the Test’s final day when left-arm pacer Trent Boult bowled a swinging yorker from over the wicket to hit the batsman’s left heel in front of leg stump to be given out by umpire Paul Reiffel.

Masood asked for review and after several slow-motion replays, Hawk-Eye’s projected path surprisingly showed the ball cutting in to hit leg stump after pitching in front of it, instead of going ahead with the angle.

Since it was am in swinging delivery, and not a slower one, bowled full, the ball was unlikely to take that path.

Pakistan had later asked the ICC if they could meet the Hawk-Eye officials to discuss the decision and inconsistency in the technology.

After investigating the matter, Hawk-Eye officials explained that the particular instance brought together a unique set of circumstances that led to an operator making an input error, leading to what was shown on the TV.

Skipper of Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq and Team-Manager Moin Khan were told that the reduced number of cameras (four were used compared to six) and that Masood’s bat and the square-leg umpire obscured a crucial couple of frames in the ball’s flight, which played a hand in getting the projection wrong.



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