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WATCH: Fawad Ahmed's Catch To Dismiss Usman Khawaja Opens Up Soft Signal Debate Again

Watch Fawad Ahmed's controversial catch to dismiss Usman Khawaja

By Sahil Mathur January 23, 2022 • 16:51 PM

Cricket is a game of margins and marginal calls mean one has to select sides if the decision is correct or not. Generally, low diving catches divide the viewers and such an incident happened in the Knockout match of the Big Bash League(BBL) today. 

Sydney Thunder's Usman Khawaja came down the track and tried to hit a lofted inside-out drive but got a thick outside edge towards the short third man, Fawad Ahmed, who had to dive forward to take the catch.  

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However, it was a close call and the umpires sent it upstairs while signaling the soft signal as out. 

With the ball dipping, it looked like the fingers were underneath the ball but it also looked like the ball was touching the grass. The commentators weren't sure as well but Ricky pointing reckoned it was a clean catch. 

With not much conclusive evidence, the third umpire had to standby with the on-field umpire's soft signal - OUT. 

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"The soft signal shocks me. It's difficult for the third ump on the replay, so the soft signal matters. I asked the ump if he can be 100% sure if that ball didn't touch the ground," Usman Khawaja said after the dismissal in a sideline interview. 

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