The Indian umpire made three poor decisions in Sunday’s five-run win by India in Nagpur, including a shocking lbw in the final over to send Joe Root on his way even though replays showed Root had got a thick bottom edge on to his pad.
Shamshuddin also dismissed confident leg-before shouts against India heroes Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh when TV replays again showed the ball would have hit the stumps on both occasions.
The decision review system does not operate in T20 internationals because the game’s bosses are worried it takes too much time.
And after England made an official complaint about Shamshuddin’s display there is a chance he might be stood down for the final match.
Moeen Ali defended under-fire umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin
England were on the receiving end of some dismal calls against India on Sunday
But England all-rounder Ali said: “He’s going to be under pressure anyway so the last thing you want to do is put more pressure on him – leave him be.
“If you look at the grand scheme of things, we all make mistakes and he is just doing the job as best as he can.
“He made a couple of mistakes but once it is done you can’t really change it so you move on and there is no point worrying about it.”
Shamshuddin was not originally due to stand in the Nagpur match – T20s have umpires from the host country unlike Test matches – but was appointed at the last minute by the Indian board.
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He had flown into the country only 24 hours before after travelling from Australia where he had been officiating in Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan.
It is privately acknowledged by the game’s global governing body, the ICC, that he had a very poor match in Nagpur but for him to be stood down could cause a political storm with the all-powerful Indian authorities.
Ali, who received a decision in his favour from Shamshuddin, believes England need to lick their wounds and move on.
He added: “Obviously the umpiring decisions were important, but these things happen in cricket. Even with that, we should have won the game. We should have scored those runs. We batted OK and it wasn’t easy but the way we were playing we should have won that.”