A rarest of rare incident happened during the opening encounter of Big Bash League 2018-2019. The match between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat at the Gabba saw a controversial run-out of Heats’ James Pattinson.
Brisbane was six down for 92 runs when Jimmy Peirson played a shot at the backward point. Pattinson tried to add a run to team's total by stealing a single. But ended up getting himself in trouble.
After an appeal for run-out, third umpire Greg Davidson was asked to make a decision. After having a close look at the footage. He gave the decision against Pattinson. However, the batsman was not happy with the decision as the big screen showed he made his ground on time.
Even Brisbane skipper Chris Lynn was fuming in the dugout.
Soon, Strikers' captain Colin Ingram, after a chat with his teammates, made a bold decision. He withdrew his appeal and Pattinson was called back. Unfortunately, his fortunes didn't favor him as he was soon out stumped after scoring just 4 runs.
Strikers captain Ingram later said that the initial thought of calling Pattinson back came from Ben Laughlin.
“It was a unique scenario,” Ingram said on the Fox Sports coverage.
“I ended up chatting with Benny Laughlin and he said ‘what’s the option on withdrawing the appeal?’
“The initial idea came from him, the good sport he is.
“We could all clearly see that it wasn’t out.
“You could look like an idiot on TV if it isn’t, but you’ve got to back what we saw and our boys were really happy with that, we just wanted to get on with the game.
“I thought they may have pressed the wrong button or something like that.”
(With Fox Sports Inputs)