Times of Sports(TOS) listed the top controversial moments in cricket in the year of 2020. The year 2020 faces many obstacles in cricket history. Especially the much-expected IPL 2020 has moved to UAE and played between the September – November window.
Cricket controversial moments in 2020
Raina ruled out of IPL 2020
Chennai Super Kings were one of the top contenders for lifting the trophy in 2020 at the start. Suresh Raina who had recently retired from international cricket announced that he will not be participating in IPL 2020.
Raina is the highest run-getter for CSK in the IPL. He cited personal reasons but speculations about coronavirus scare and a rift with captain MS Dhoni did not stop.
Gavaskar’s comment on Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
The IPL 2020 saw Indian players return to cricket after the hiatus due to the pandemic. RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s form was not up to his usual level and commentator Sunil Gavaskar opined that the reason was not training enough.
He also brought Kohli’s wife actress Anushka Sharma in the comment, leading to a storm on the internet. Things escalated with Anushka publicly asking the veteran player to explain his side and Gavaskar giving out a statement.
Later in December 2020, Gavaskar slams BCCI for not allowing T Natarajan back home to see his newborn daughter while Virat permitted with Paternity leave. He also mentioned that BCCI flexes their rules according to the players.
Rohit Sharma fitness issue
This question plagued Indian fans ever since Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma came back to bat for his IPL side even after being left out of the squad for Australia.
This move confused fans as Sharma played fine in the tournament after sitting out for a couple of matches. There were rumours of disagreement between Sharma and Kohli as well.
Later Rohit Sharma clears his fitness and returns to Australia to play the 3rd Test match against Australia.
AUS vs IND 1st T20I: Concussion substitution
In the 1st AUS vs IND T20I, Ravindra Jadeja was batting great until he suffered from a concussion. Then in the second innings of the game, Team India decided to bring in Yuzvendra Chahal as Jadeja’s substitute.
Chahal went on to take some crucial wickets thereby sparking a controversy if the right protocols were being followed.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s fighting Gesture
At the Bangabandhu T20 being played in Bangladesh, things took an unforeseen turn and was in the news for non-cricketing reasons.
The wicketkeeper of the Beximco Dhaka squad, Mushfiqur Rahim threatened to hit Nasum Ahmed with the ball. Why? They collided while trying to take a catch. The collision made Rahim angry and the video went viral
Pakistan Speedster Amir’s Resignment
The most popular Pakistan Speedster Mohammad Amir announced his retirement in December 2020. It may not be a big issue but he mentioned the “Pakistan Cricket board” as the sole reason for his retirement.
The ICC 2017 Champions trophy winner earlier faced a five years ban for a match-fixing issue against England in 2010.