Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur March 26, 2012

ACC rejects complaint of final-over collision

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has rejected a complaint by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that the Pakistan fast bowler Aizaz Cheema deliberately collided with the batsman Mahmudullah in the final over of the Asia Cup final in Mirpur on Thursday. The ACC chief Syed Ashraful Haq said it was turned down on the grounds that the incident was not formally reported by the on-field umpires.

"We had received Bangladesh's complaint but since the incident was not reported by the on-field umpires nothing can be done," Haq told AFP.

The BCB had said it had seen video footage of the incident and would file the complaint to the ICC as well, but Haq said there was no question of taking it further.

"It could have happened then and there, but since the umpires and the match-referee did not take any action then, the matter is closed," said Haq.

"I think the Bangladesh team played so well in the whole tournament. Beating India and Sri Lanka - the World Cup 2011 finalists - was no mean achievement and although they lost the final, the Bangladesh team won millions of hearts."

The incident happened during the first ball of the 50th over, when Mahmudullah tried to come back for a second run but collided with Cheema. The rules of cricket (Law 42.5) sanction a strict penalty for the fielding team if a fielder is found by the umpire to deliberately obstruct a batsman while attempting a run. Neither batsman can be dismissed (if a run-out has taken place), five penalty runs are awarded to the batting side, the delivery will not count as one in the over, the run will count even if the batsmen haven't crossed and the batsmen can choose which of them faces the next delivery.

Whether or not there was intent behind the collision is for the umpire to determine; in this case, after the players had collided, the umpire Steve Davis was seen having a word with both players. The delivery yielded a single, and in the end, Bangladesh lost by two runs.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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  • Hassan on March 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @cricNbeyond: This is a sports. Things happen. It was a close one, lets move on. 1. That was not a run even if Cheema wasn't on the way. 2. What about your bowler who came on the way when Afridi was running while batting? How do you guys play football? There must be quite a lot after-match activities you guys do!?

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    No it's a lame excuse for their incompetence.I bet the reaction would have different if Pakistan had lost and Pakistan complained about Mashrafee blocking Afridi ( which was intentional as he could see Afridi running back towards the stumps where as Cheema was not seeing the batsmen as he was looking at the other side).

  • Adeel on March 28, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and I wish BD all the very best in all future games. I don't think it has anything to do with the players or the the way BD faught in the tournament so you can't really take that away from them based on the actions of BCB. As far as the action itself is concerned, I think we should cut some slack to the BCB for still being the new guys around the block. Hang in there BD..... your turn to lift a big one is not very far away.

  • asif on March 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    all the BD fan replies shown here are apologetic..if you don't stand up when you believe wrong has been done to you, people will agian have the attitude to do the same in future to you. We stand our ground (after scrutinizing the footages) and ACC just waved us away to avoid controversy. But, team's would think twice to do this again to us in future. That's what is achieved by this appeal. I commend BCB.

    And, why only BD aplologies being posted in cricinfo? That's questionable. I sent a comment yesterday, it was ignored..this will get ignored may be ..but whoever read it in cricinfo will remember it...DONT MESS WITH BD TIGERS..

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    i am Pakistani....but bangladesh almost had it.....mahsallah may Allah make them even stronger

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    It's not the players themselves. The board's desperate attempt was pathetic. I am a Bangladeshi and I don't support this. Pakistan deserved the win.

  • Rashad on March 28, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    @Hassan Rizvi: The step was taken by the BCB. Why will you hate Bangladesh for it? The decision had nothing to do with the players.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Had plenty of respect for Bangladesh after reaching the final in stylish fashion. All lost after this cheap act.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    This is what happens when you enter a big final for the first time. It is clearly evident that BD just want this so bad even after the loss. I still believe BD still has to go a long way. One final in a tournament will not make them stand right beside top teams. I might sound little harsh on BD but I'm being really practical here.

  • Hassan on March 27, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @CricketPlayer: You are missing the basic. None of the Bangladesh player complained. They fought like tigers, and accepted defeat like tigers. It was the board that whined like a cry baby.

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