What Is Fake Fielding In Cricket? The Rules Explained.

Fake Fielding

Fake Fielding: T20 Men’s World Cup 2022 has left cricket fans around the world in tears of joy or sorrow. A major cricket tournament like this is rarely without drama or controversy, and India vs Bangladesh’s semi-final qualifier match is no exception.

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The semi-final qualifying match between India and Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on November 2 was full of unexpected twists and turns.

Virat Kohli, who became the highest-run scorer in T20 World Cup history, is being accused by Bangladesh wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan of “Fake Fielding.”

The two umpires failed to notice Kohli’s fake fielding, according to Hasan. Kohli’s penalty should have been deducted five runs to equal Bangladesh’s losing margin. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has now requested an investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC).  

What Is Fake Fielding?

Deliberately distracting, deceiving, or obstructing a batsman is defined as fake fielding.

Cricket Law 41.5 prohibits cricketers from misleading, deceiving, or impeding batters after they receive the ball.

Any umpire may determine whether distraction, deceit, or obstruction are wilful or not, according to Cricket Law 41.5.2.

As a result of the umpires’ determination that a player engaged in distraction, deception, or obstruction, Law 41.5.3 would have been enacted: “If either umpire believes that a fielder has engaged in such distraction, deception, or obstruction, he/she shall call and signal Dead ball immediately and inform the other umpire of the reason for the call.”

Five penalty runs are awarded to the batting team when a fielder is found guilty of “Fake Fielding.”

In order to prevent batters from scoring more runs, the law was implemented because fielders were deliberately pretending to hold the ball.

What Has Happened?

The Indians chose to bat first and set Bangladesh a target of 185 runs. Rain fell heavily during the second half of the game, reducing the target from 185 to 151.

Bangladesh’s chase was in its 7th over when the incident occurred. With 56 runs from 24 balls, Litton Das played the ball off Axar Patel to the deep off-side field.

The ball was caught and thrown by Indian fast bowler Arshdeep Singh. As the ball passed by Kohli, he pretended to be reticent.

Most people on the field, including the umpires, didn’t notice the gesture.

Bangladesh would have been awarded five runs if on-field umpires Chris Brown and Marais Erasmus had deemed Virat Kohli’s actions were intended to intentionally mislead the batsman.

The umpires must, however, award the penalty in real time.