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Jiveshan Pillay of South Africa bats during the ICC U19 Cricket World CupKai Schwoerer-IDI/IDI via Getty

A controversial dismissal in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 has resulted in heated discussions on social media on Wednesday January 17. South African batsman Jiveshan Pillay was given out by the third umpire for "obstructing the field".

The young Proteas side took on the West Indies U-19 side at Mount Maunganui and Pillay's dismissal overshadowed the game.

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Pillay missed his half century by just three runs in the 50-over contest after getting out for "obstructing the field". The decision has been slammed by some of the greats of South Africa cricket like Herschelle Gibbs and current captain Faf du Plessis.

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This is an unfortunate issue. The batsman isn't trying to gain an advantage. He is not trying to being unfair. The umpires have done what they need to do. The ball has stopped. It's not threatening the stumps. I don't really necessarily feel as if that's a good law. It could take a re-look.

The batsman is not trying to gain an unfair advantage. All he is trying to do is help out the fielding team. I would have to have a deeper look at myself if I was the fielding captain. Can I use some discretion here for the sake of the game and whatever the spirit of the game means? I wouldn't have gone that way. He's obviously a bright kid and he understands the letter of the law. On this occasion it's slightly different for me compared to the last World Cup.

- Ian Bishop to Fox Sports

Pillay attempted a cover drive but mistimed the shot and the ball edged inside. It seemed as if it was rolling towards the stumps but in reality, the ball wouldn't have even hit the wickets as the ball almost ceased to be in motion. 

The 18-year-old left-handed opening batsman just tried to help the opposition by picking the ball and giving it back to the wicketkeeper-captain Emmanuel Stewart. The West Indies U-19 cricket team skipper however took the issue up with the on-field umpires before the third umpire Ranmore Martinesz was brought into action.

The message on the big screen following the third umpire referral read 'Out'.

What does the MCC Laws of Cricket say?

According to Law 37.4 (Returning the ball to a fielder) "Either batsman is out Obstructing the field if, at any time while the ball is in play and, without the consent of a fielder, he/she uses the bat or any part of his/her person to return the ball to any fielder."

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