India’s Rishabh Pant was at the centre of a fresh controversy when umpires discovered he was keeping wickets with illegally-taped gloves.
Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant was at the centre of a controversial moment during the third Test between England and India when match officials discovered he was keeping with illegally-taped gloves.
In the 94th over of England’s first innings at Headingley, returning England No. 3 Dawid Malan attempted to flick a delivery from Indian seamer Mohammed Siraj towards the fine leg boundary, but only managed a thin edge which was taken by Pant behind the stumps.
Following a successful review from Indian captain Virat Kohli, Malan made his way back to the pavilion for 70 and tea was called on day two.
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But after players returned from the 20-minute break, umpires asked Pant to remove some tape from between the webbing of his gloves.
Cameras showed Kohli peeling the strapping from the fourth and fifth fingers of Pant’s gloves before play resumed with umpire Richard Kettleborough watching on.
“I don’t think you can stick fingers together,” Lancashire great David Lloyd said on Sky Sports.
“Dawid Malan was caught down the leg-side. Did the wicketkeeper have that tape on his gloves? Is it a problem?
“A bowler can’t bowl with tape on his fingers.”
Former England captain Nasser Hussain elaborated: “There’s lots in the Laws of the game about the webbing, but we’re hearing from the third umpire, Richard Illingworth, that he wasn’t allowed and he’s not allowed to tape his gloves like that, so they’ve asked him to take that tape off.”
Replays showed Pant’s gloves were also taped before the tea break, and Lloyd pondered whether Malan’s dismissal should still stand considering no deliveries had taken place since the wicket.
Law 27.2.1 states: “If, as permitted under 27.1, the wicketkeeper wears gloves, they shall have no webbing between the fingers except joining index finger and thumb, where webbing may be inserted as a means of support.”
However, Law 28.1 states: “Protection for the hand or fingers may be worn only with the consent of the umpires.”
Day two of the Leeds Test was headlined by a masterful century from England captain Joe Root, his sixth of the calendar year.
England is 8/423 at stumps on day two, with play to resume at 8pm AEST on Friday evening.