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Vaughan reacts to controversial stumping incident in County Championship | IPL 2021 Live

A massive controversial incident took place during the County Championship match between Leicestershire and Hampshire. Talking about the game, Hampshire were head and shoulders above Leicestershire in terms of batting as they posted a mammoth total of 612/5 in the first innings.

Hampshire skipper James Vince scored a scintillating double-century whereas Liam Dawson scored an incredible 150. In response, Leicestershire were skittled out for just 202 and Hampshire enforced a follow-on.

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Coming to the second innings, Leicestershire got off to a good start. When they were batting on 59/1, Hampshire wicket-keeper Lewis McManus stumped out Hassan Azad in a controversial manner.

During the 25th over of the game, when Liam Dawson beat the outside edge of Hassan Azad’s bat and wicketkeeper Lewis McManus dismantled the bails with his left hand. Later on, replays revealed that the ball was in McManus’ right hand when he dislodged the bails with his other hand in the first place.

Without any hesitation, the umpire gave it “out”. This became the big talking point of the English County Championship. As per Law 29.1.1.5: “The wicket is put down if a bail is completely removed from the top of the stumps … by a fielder with his/her hand or arm, providing that the ball is held in the hand or hands so used, or in the hand of the arm so used.”

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan tweeted about the incident adding that it is poor for the game. “Very poor this but I hope it is a lesson to him … All county games are now streamed so you can not get away with anything …”

Leicestershire CCC chief executive Sean Jarvis said: “For everyone at Leicestershire, the behaviour displayed by Hampshire was extremely disappointing and has no place in the game.”

“I have written to the ECB following the completion of this fixture. That is to express the concerns and disappointment of what happened. I hope we can resolve this matter quickly. We need to move on from the incident.”

Vince also defended his under-fire wicketkeeper on Sunday, adding McManus didn’t realise his actions at the time. He told the ECB Reporters Network, “Lewis is pretty down about how it looks, but from his and our point of view we were not aware, there was an issue until a few overs later. We are talking split seconds. Had we known instantly we would have called (Azad) back.”

“Knowing Lewis, if he had known exactly what he had done, he would have said something.” Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon added: “We were disappointed with what happened and we have spoken to the match referee. It is something we do not want to see in our game. I have never seen it before in all my years of cricket, and we will wait to see how the ECB handle it.”

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