Cricket is a game of uncertainty. Several times, the game catches the spotlight because of some uncanny moments on and off the field. Something similar happened in the American Premier League. A problem arises there. They were having lack of umpires. A member of the batting side opted to do the responsibility. This act is raising questions.
Before the semifinal of the APL, a new franchise competition was taking place in Texas. There was an issue with the umpires. According to them, they didn’t get paid sufficiently for the first 11 days of the tournament. So, they stopped working. Later police got involved in this matter. Police told them to leave the stadium. The league accused the officials.
This was not the end. A member of the batting side, who was not padded up acted as an umpire when the match started. APL’s social media handle publishes the picture. In the picture, the umpire was not wearing his official attire. The corruption was there all the way. Players were approached to fix the match. Those things raised serious questions.
No Live Telecasts:
Besides the umpire issue, Saturday’s semi-final was not broadcast due to payment disputes between the league and those responsible for the production. Normally, any cricket that is broadcast live brings with it a betting market as games become accessible to those not watching in person. On this occasion, the equation was the other way around. Most punters could not see the action, but they could still make wagers on legal sites worldwide.
With no live pictures from Moosa Stadium, those interested in proceedings were relying on online updates. On social media, the APL shared a live scorecard on the website CricClubs. Yet to call the scores ‘live’ would be a significant stretch. The information was frozen without update for a significant period of time. When updates did start to filter through, overs were completed at a rate of faster than one per minute.
According to the match scorecard on CricClubs, the initial 10-over innings took 65 minutes. Following a one-minute break, the second innings concluded in just seven minutes. The Premium Paks’ chase, documented on the scorecard, spanned nine overs, falling short of the supposed six additional balls. Oddly, there was no indication of a premature close or a full completion of the 10th over.
Despite inquiries, the APL remained unresponsive regarding the absence of broadcast, the rapidity of online updates, and the unaccounted-for 10th over. In live sports events, on-site spectators typically possess a slight betting advantage due to broadcast delays. In the recent Houston match, this advantage was significantly magnified by the absence of broadcast and erratic online updates, creating a unique scenario that impacted the betting dynamics.
The dramatic semifinal ended with no live broadcast. Premium Afghans defeated Premium Indians in the final game of the tournament.