Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur

ACC rejects complaint of final-over collision

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March 26, 2012

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Misbah-ul-Haq and Aizaz Cheema celebrate Pakistan's win, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 22, 2012
The complaint was rejected because the on-field umpires did not formally report it © AFP
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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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Posted by hqureshi78 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!?

Posted by   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).

Posted by adeelkhawaja 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.

Posted by cricNbeyond 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..

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by RashadBanna 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi 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.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

This is ridiculous. How can a Test playing ICC affiliated Bangladesh can behave like this. This is suited to Club cricket even Club people will have second thoughts about going fora protest in a matter which pertains to the Cricket Field and it wholly depends upon Umpires view. And even if Umpire's judgement was wrong(which I suppose BCB wanted to reconsider), it can not be reversed. The match is finished and the result declared without any protest. Score sheets were signed and Result finalized. Result declared. Now if somebody says that the Umpire made a mistake on such and such ocassion so the result should be reversed is very funny even for GULLY cricket, forget about the Highest level. It's really unfortunate to witness these things. Just for a WIN or say for the CUP how one can stoop so low that all the CRICKET Laws have no meaning in front of winning or losing. As a Cricketer and more over as an UMPIRE I am really disappointed. Time has come respect the LAWS and game of CRICKET.

Posted by Mr_Afzal on (March 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Thanks Bangladeshi fans for your kind words and sincere apology. We will always support your cause and are proud of your performance. In many Pakistani hearts, you guys are the true winners of this tournament. Either way, what's done is done. It was a good fight and hope to play you guys soon. (From a Pakistani)

Posted by Anwaruzz on (March 27, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Some cheap bum in BCCB decided to cheapen Bangladeesh cricket because it rose from the below par. Sorry from a Bangladeshi here. We lost with gutsy display of cricket and won so many heart. BUT we lost a few now unfortunately.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

@cricinme I do believe that Afghanistan is the next cricketing superpower, but it can only achieve those heights with help from Pakistan, the majority of the country's cricketers have either grown up in Peshawar or were born in Peshawar. In Afghanistan itself there is no infrastrucuture yet for cricket. But I'm sure over time it will build up

Posted by BaigSaqib on (March 27, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

BCB behaved like a kid after losing a game. They didn't complain at that moment. It's like appealing for an edge after the game after looking replays. Also, Afridi was blocked from taking 2nd run by Murtaza - but this happens in cricket as it is not intentional in most cases. Please react like men not kids.

Posted by Mohammad_Khan on (March 27, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

I'm a Bangladeshi and on behalf of Millions of bangladeshis I'm saying SORRY to the People of Pakistan. BCB really put us down in this case. Thanks to ACC Chief Syed Ashraful Haq who is also a Bangladeshi rejected this appeal of BCB.Dear Pakistanis, we the Bangladeshis love you ppl a lot, so pls don't get dissappointed by the act of those few BCB indviduals 'cos millions of BD ppl were against this BCB appeal.

Posted by CricketPlayer on (March 27, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Just because of umpire's and/or referee's negligence, ignorance, or misjudgement (deliberate or not), the result of a contest will be in record causing wrong impression about the teams' performance! There must be a higher authority to reconsider the matter in the light of honest sportsmanship. Otherwise, a legal step might prove more logical.

Posted by Reuelsean on (March 27, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

The BCB is being really ridiculous here, u lost the game, accept it and move on.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

I am very happy to see the comments of Bangladeshis on this matter. I am glad they are distancing themselves from their board.

Pakistani fans should remember that the PCB has done things that do not make us proud either, and not hold this against Bangladeshi fans.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

I just come to know that the person who rejected the BD board appeal on behalf of ACC is also a BD. Perhaps, a lot of people like me would not have know it. In this case, we must say that BD again win the hearts of people. The action of a few person should not be taken to represent Millions of BD people.

Posted by therock9211 on (March 27, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

@Marc Brewer I wish there was 1000 like option here, well said !!

Posted by cricinme on (March 27, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Bang or Pak I dont care. Beware Afghanistan is the next super power of Asian cricket and I am sure that it will not take them that long to gain that status. Jai ho Karzai.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

u know bangladesh not only lost the c0mplain but thousand of hearts ........sorry here people called u winners but all gone with the childish behavior of bcb

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 27, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@Fida Hasan, I am a Pakistani supporter, dont worry we know you are our friends and the brotherly relationship will continue. BCB was ill advised to take this matter further where a common Bangladeshi fan had no say, 99% of my Bangladeshi friends were against this complain.

Posted by dmqi on (March 27, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

I AM A BANGALDESI AND AM SORRY TO SEE THIS. BCB HAS CAUSED DISGRACE TO BANGLADESH PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE SACKED RIGHT AWAY. MOST BANGLADESHI WILL AGREE WITH ME I HOPE. A BUNCH OF LAUGHING STOCKS SHOULD NOT HOLD ANY RESPONSIBLE POSITION.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

I'm neither Bangladeshi or Pakistani as you probably can work out from my name. The behaviour of the BCB was unsporting and sour grapes. They wanted to win so badly that they'd try anything to get a decision over turned. They were not in the field when this incident took place and the umpires did speak to both parties on the field.Nothing came of it. The Bangladesh players didn't complain so they clearly didn't think there was a deliberate attempt to obstruct their man. It is bad that their board has done this because it reminds me of further unsporting behaviour from their fans during the worldcup. Remember that? they attacked the west indies tour bus and pelted stones at it because they were upset they had lost. And to make matters even more embarrassing for their country they lined up outside the West Indies hotel the following day to sing a song saying they were sorry. Cricket had reached an absolute low that day

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Dear everyone I am a Bangladeshi... And surely a die hard cricket fan. The recent Asia Cup final was really exciting, palpating and nail biting cricket match. We Bangladeshi are very proud of our cricket team that this time it's not Pakistan vs India/Srilanka. It's Pakistan vs Bangladesh!!! I hope a new era has began for BD. I m also support Pakistani cricket sooo much since their World Cup triumph in 1992. Thanks a lot to all Pakistani people along with the world for complementing BD in the Asia Cup. I am surely tell u all of people that this incident has nothing to match with the view of Bangladeshi fans in that last over. We were very much dissapointed but never ever any Bangladeshi fan will support this act of BCB. We were the victim of umpiring decision many times. Then we could accept it so why to complain officially this time when BD won the heart of millions wth their tremendous performance. this is rubbish from BCB. I m also looking forward to Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan.

Posted by ramchagol on (March 27, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

I'm a Bangladeshi and I DO NOT SUPPORT this action by BCB. it was pathetic on their part.

Dear Pakistani/Indian friends, let's not blame BD players for stupidity by BCB. ;)

Posted by Stark62 on (March 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

All I can say is..........HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Get over it BANG, at the end of the day you lost!

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (March 27, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Look who are compressing all Bangladeshis into this actually not the case, only two or three members of BCB complained and not the whole country neither the players; I heard even players were against this complain. ALSO REMEMBER THE IMPORTANT FACT THAT THE MAN WHO REJECTED THE APPEAL IS A BANGLADESHI!!! SYED ASHRAFUL HAQ IS A BANGLADESHI- so I don't know why you guys saying Bangladesh lost respect- actually the ones who are saying I think BD never made it to your hearts brothers in the first place! So we don;t care anymore.

Posted by Serene247 on (March 27, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

From Pakistan: Just want to say - its really sad to see lots of people blaming Bangladesh and for that reason all Bangladeshi fans and the cricketers, for something which was just appealed by few BCB officials, and not at all reflect what most of Bangladeshi people feel at all, so please no need to blame the fans and cricketers. Secondly Bangladesh did play extremely well in all games. Though I always support Pakistan but I think in this game it was just mere luck that saved Pakistan, it could have easily gone the other way.

Posted by FRRR on (March 27, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Bangladeshi players are represented by their board, so if this appeal was made to ACC and ICC, Bangladeshi players must have been involved. Even in their ceremony they never appreciated the bowling effort of Pakistani players. It shows the low mentality of Bangla "Tigers". By making such childish appeal they have shown they are not ready for International Cricket.

In Final, Pakistani bowlers bowled really well on a flat surface. Credit must goto the Pakistani bowlers and now Bangla "Tigers" for now chasing it successfully. Bangladeshis should be ashamed.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

For those who are willing to blame the whole Bangladeshi team , please remember this appeal is done by a member of BCB , who wants to make a name for him . No Bangladeshi cricket team player has officially appealed against the umpires decision . Please remember the BCB officials does not always convey the voice of the Bangladeshi cricket players , let alone the whole Bangali nation . Please refrain from attacking Bangali nation as a whole , its a solemn request .

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Bangladesh team lost all the respect they earned after the asia cup with this childish behavior of thier board and now they become the first team in history to lose 1 match TWICE

PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

This is absolutely nonsense act by BCB, really dissapointed & hurted by BCB's action, as a bangladeshi i don't think they should go ahead with this matter , this is suppose to come out wth the result of acc or ICC, I blv , all BD supporter also dissapointed like me by their act, but well wishes to BD team, all fans pls take it as only BCB's decision, unfortunately our board run by Mr Kamal, as u can easily understand BCB board kicked out Tamim out of the team by his strong muscles, rsigning of selector brought him bk to team and u knw rest, so nothing unexpected by him , shame on Kamal , long live cricket, i wish he could read this :)

Posted by The-love on (March 27, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Although we can never know whether that collision was deliberate or not but if they had taken that 2 runs we might have Bangladesh as the new Asian Champion.But for sure from now onward it won't be surprising if they beat any team(at least in Bangladesh)....In spite of being a big Indian fan I don't have hesitation to say that I don't care about others but you won my heart Tigers....

Posted by sweetspot on (March 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Let's not make this out to be the attitude of BD fans. They support cricket with true love and definitely appreciate the spirit of the game. Their board must be feeling a little itchy over something, so let them do what they want to do. As for those suggesting enemies and friends, please be sure to support Asia cricket no matter what differences may exist amongst us. Australia vs Bangladesh - guess which team we will ALL support? SL vs England right now - of course we want SL to thump England. That's just the way it is.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

I am utterly disappointed with the way BCB has childishly behaved so far. Believe me right after the final, every pakistani had mixed feelings, feeling of joy bcaz the team has won and at the same time feeling of sorrow for Bangladesh team that came so close to victory. But all this soft corner has vanished now bros.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (March 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Finally the common sense prevails; sadly BCB was ill advised to take this matter further only to be laughed at by the cricketing world and got its newly acquired respect eroded. There will be a serious question about their chairman's fitness to be the vice President of ICC, by the way Pakistan is supporting him.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi i am disappointed by this unsporting behavior of BCB. But i just want to clear the world, specially Pakistani brothers that it was not the voice of Bangladeshi people or player. I say sorry on behalf of Bangladesh. Do not give any chance to others (you know..) to break our warmth relation.

Posted by Ahmed00 on (March 27, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

I am Pakistani and die hard fan of Pakistani Team. But, for the first time I supported some other team playing against Pakistan and BCB made me feel real ashamed for those moments when I was happy to see Bangladesh playing great cricket.

Posted by asi.ali on (March 27, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Agree with comments by "khairul1234" and also by "hsingh2711" - on "Sameer_Khan81" no one lost or give away matches purposely, its all cricket. We are cricket lovers and in the match one team won and other lost its part of the game, however we love to see good cricket (test - one day or T20) even IPL - BPL or and L with hard hitting.

Posted by Sameer_Khan81 on (March 27, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Right ur......Shehzad Khalid Ghani... Afridi was also obstructed by mashrafe and that was more deliberate and obvious and Afridi showed real sportsmanship, handled it very politely and smiled. The problem with bangalies is that they were over confident they thought they have beaten Srilanka (srilanka purposely lost) and India and will beat Pakistan easily. but bangalies have forgotten that they have never beaten Pakistan after 1999 world cup(Pakistan purposely lost so that Bangladesh can become a test playing nation and Pakistan had nothing to lose ) which is a world record by Pakistan. which is continuous maximum no of wins against a team...

Posted by ramli on (March 27, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Zain Uddin says ... Abdul Qadir invented "googly" ... nonsense ... it was there decades before Qadir played his first test ... the superstar culture is spoiling both India and Pak teams ... it is this madness that drives fans to get satisfied with individual laurels rather than victory by team work ... at least SL and BD should not fall prey to this trap ... don't create any star leave alone superstars ... treat cricket as a team game .. always ...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

this is making bangladesh look very silly they should be happy they got to the final.... sort it out bangali bros...........

Posted by ashakoor52 on (March 27, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

I agree to the comments of rez08. Mustafa Kamal vetoed the selection of Tamim Iqbal who when included on the intervention of BD Prime Minister was the main run getter for BD. He created controversy then. And also after clearing the security plans in Pakistan backed out from supporting the BD Tour to Pakistan. people justify hating him.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

BD lost all the respect they earned. Why r they crying like kids, and why dont they remember Mushrafe-Afridi collission. If Riyad didn't collide with Cheema he would have certainly been run out as Gul's return was right on. Grow up BD, literally.

Posted by FRRR on (March 27, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Playing good once in 5 years does not make a team better and Bangladesh should understand this. I am sure, in next tournament Bangla "Tigers" will again take the beating. Pakistan won the match fair and square, and Bangladesh showed their character by complaining. Even in post match ceremony none of the Bangladeshi players appreciated Pakistan's effort.

"Learn to play the Game first Bangla "Tigers"

Posted by ANZAR........123 on (March 27, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

after reaching the finals, bcb should nt react and cry on these type of little things

Posted by Khsaiful on (March 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

No doubt, the decision of BCB move is wrong, but it is true that many decisions in the field are found in against BD, that is umpires favor big teams to build up their career. Some blind Pakistani compare BD team with Ireland, Netherland. They shoul not forget that in Multan if Rashid Latif did not cheat, BD would have won the test against PAK. Here also umpires favored PAK. Just wait n see, few days later Sakib alone will be equal to PAK Team, like Tendulkar already remarked as same even by a PAK x-player

Posted by khairul1234 on (March 27, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi We are happy to see ACC & ICC Rejected Our BCB'c Childish Complain,Nation and also the players were not the part of this stupid dispute.our BCB Board Chairman Mostafa Kamal And his Association just destroying our cricket.Please Pakistani Nation don't misunderstood Our player and also general Bangladeshi supporter we r not supported it at all.we people love our cricket very much but hate our cricket official who are politically appointed and are doing whatever they want.

Posted by hsingh2711 on (March 27, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Bangladesh lost the respect they earned after their performance in the Asia Cup

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

@zain uddin u forget d mst famous reverse swipe invention by miandad.i thnk BCB doing it intentiionally so d realation btwen PCB n BCB bcme bad n they can easily brke thier promise n also deal n cancel thier tour 2 pakistan

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Indian Fans suffer the third heart attack of the tournament....must be a record to suffer another even AFTER the tournament :)

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 27, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Hahahaha what a joke BCB is. After winning a couple of games they started to think of themselves as the power house in the cricketing world. Dream on.... Ciao

Posted by sherishahmir on (March 27, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

BD played superbly througout the tournament and lauded by everyone,but that act of their Board to cry after loosing is really condemable and against the sportsman spirit. They are in the game for a quite a long time and being a full member of ICC should be matured enough to follow the spirit of game.

Posted by S.A.Siddiqui on (March 27, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

In my opinion BCB could not swallow the respect their team got after the final of Asia Cup. The Bangladesh Board became too emotional and ruined the atmosphere.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 27, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

@SajjdKhan_BDCats -- It is the BCCI which helped the Bangladesh to become a test nation although there are so many better contenders like Ireland and Netherlands. It is better if you remember that...

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (March 27, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

I think its more political issue than anythng else.I WOULD STILL say that bangla reachd d finals due to a couple of great co.incidences like india undrestimatd bangla's batng n sL,WANTED TO KNOCK DOWN IND 4RM TOURNAMENT,HATS OFF TO PAK,WE Defnded low targts magnificently n mastrfuly,i gues bd has still a long long way to go frm here on.IST OF ALL THEY WILL HAVE TO cnfront irland,afghanstan then think of beatng us

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 27, 2012, 3:40 GMT)

"The complaint was rejected because the on-field umpires did not formally report it" and the on field umpires didn't report because there was nothing to report, if they start reporting these little bumps then cricket should be played inside court rooms and not on the cricket fields so it will be easy to lodge complaints and a judge can watch over and decide on the spot. Grow up BCB. When you get beaten should know that you got beaten fair and square.

Posted by rez08 on (March 27, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi, I need to clear something. We, the Bangladeshi people has taken the defeat sportingly. But may be some BCB officials has taken it politically. Even BD players did not claim that and relation with Pak and Indian players is very good with them. I think BD can visit Pakistan but we know that there is a mutual understanding between PCB and BCB Chief Mustafa Kamal if BD visit Pak then they will vote Kamal as ICC chief next time. But we from Bangladesh hate Mustafa Kamal who is a bloody politician and greedy person. On his hand future of BCB and ICC will be spoiled out. Thats why on this condition players are not interested to visit Pakistan cause they dont like Kamal as well.

Posted by Shabnam_Mehmood on (March 27, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

looks like it is not a gentlemen's game any more, with all these on field incidents and mud slinging.

i am a cricket lover myself and watched the asia cup here in Canada where the matches used to start at 4:00 AM

it was a pathetic move by the Bangladesh cricket board and i am sure that the cricketers were not part of it. They are now becoming a force in international cricket and i hope this one incident doesn't undermine their performance and achievements

Posted by ac_Indian on (March 27, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

Wow....even in a seemingly innocuous incident, completely unrelated to India or Indian team, some people find ways involve India/BCCI. How can people make comments like "Indian would be happy both ways" or "it was an Indian Conspiracy to influence the BCB to complaint" when they apparently have no inside knowledge of the incident; let alone what is being talked about the tournament by majority of Indians, which in a nutshell is "well played BD and Pak". There are always exceptions, these are within the Indian fan community as well, and am sure such high level of cynicism is also limited to a small fraction of the fans of the two teams involved here.

Posted by ilyas_US on (March 27, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

So sad to see the officials ruined the hard fought respect earned by Bangladeshi players. Pakistani fans were cheering every run scored by BD batsmen and every effort made in field throughout the tournament & final. BCB needs some professionalism.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

It was nothing more than frustration shown by BCB. They're creating problems for themselves by acusing others.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

B"Desh have to produce superstar like pakistan then they should dream winning big games

No other cricketing nation can match Pakistan contribution in game of cricket. What a superstars and skills were given by Pakistanis to this game

Abdual Qadeer--Inventor of Guglee Sqlain Mushtaq---Inventor of Dosra Saeed Ajmal-------Inventor of Tesra Sarfraz Nawaz----Inventor of Reverse swing Imran Khan & Waseem Akhram -Master of Swing Waqar & Shoaib Akhtar ---Fastest bowler on planet Shaid Afridi------------Fastest century in ODI Javed Miandad------Youngest player to score a test Century in his first match Zaheer Abas-------100 Centuries in first class Hanif Mohammad--499 runs- In 1958/59, he surpassed Don Bradman's record List is never ending….

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 27, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

This is very good news for Bangladesh who won millions of fans in one week of great cricket. I hope Bangladesh will play better and better from now on and hope to see them wining tournaments and titles too. You got to win tournaments in the ground not outside on paper or through boards. Best of luck to Bangladesh from a Pakistani. Great job by you in the finals.

Posted by Kentucky on (March 27, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

I have been an avid fan of Bangladesh cricket. Even when the experts wanted to terminate their TEST STATUS, I argued against it. My last argument was always about the robustness of a huge cricket market. When I saw Bengali tigers crying after the defeat against unpredictable Pakistan, I was surprised. Alas, I supported a team with no sportsman spirit. Then, I saw the prime minister of Bangladesh , Hasina Wajid, fleeing the ground instead of giving trophy with her own hands to the victors of Asia Cup 2012, Pakistan, I felt sorry of her. Probably, that was political. Further, what surprised me was that PCB Chairman was not even invited to the match ceremony plateform. Now, Pakistan have won twice against them in the Asia Cup. I am waiting for Bangladesh to tour Pakistan in April and beat them at their home ground and go back home as victors. Hopefully their government will make a sportsman like decision to allow the tigers to play in Pakistan. That will be the test for Bangladesh.

Posted by bd_tiger22 on (March 27, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

It is heart breaking such a good work by BD team become shaded by a silly nonsense act of BCB. BD team don't loose your spirit, go forward, you will earn more respect as you did get from not only Pakistani fan but also from India, and Srilanka. Forget this stupid incident, let's keep the cricket spirit alive..

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 26, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

I haven't seen the match. However, if a tight run yielded a single, there is no need to complain. India had Tendulkar getting run out by Brett Lee intercepting his run path and eventually losing the CB series match because of that. But, no compalaint was made.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 26, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Any sensable person, by watching this incident on youtube, will understand that leaving aside the incident and who the cuprit is, there could never be scored two runs on that shot as the ball went direct to Umar Guls hands and 1) he didn't have to move right or left to collect it 2) he didn't have to pick it from the ground as it came one bounce in his hands 3) his low flying throw came direct on the stumps in to the keepers hands. Actually Mahmudullah played 3 balls and only scored three runs+one over throw. He should never have taken that third run on the fourth ball as by doing that he lost the last two balls.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

After all that respect they earned during the tournamnet they lost in just one instance, I bet every Pakistani was with Bangladesh when they were playing and even as a die hard Pakistani I was With Bangali team but after their THIS STEP I guarantee No one in Pakistan will ever stand by them.... Well Indian would be happy both ways :o)

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

This is time now for ICC to show some teeth and take some action against players and people who literally make a joke of their umpires. Some people complain about the bowlers they failed to make runs against and other mourn about the results of the match, soon we might come across complains about the bouncy and pacey pitchs. What a bunch of losers....

Posted by Mirphotography on (March 26, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

All is end and Bangladesh must learn to accept their loss and behave like sportsmen. don't listen nonsense ideas from unprofessional person. We still believe Bangladesh will win world cup in future.

Posted by Saadaan on (March 26, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Bangladesh need an encounter with Afghanistan first, before dreaming that they are the best team of Asia, ahead of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. One off impulse of excellence every 5 years is not a real benchmark for being invincible, and adding in top, corky. I am sure AFG are looking forward to bring them back to ground, whenever and wherever they meet.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

I think it was pre-planned as they are looking for excuses for not coming to Pakistan. I think.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

seems like bangladesh board also needs some time to get mature like their team got mature

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 26, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

BD board should be thankful to Cheema for that collision. otherwise mehmudullah would have been run out and the dreams would be shattered 5 balls before.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Thank God we got Syed Ashraful Haq out there in a commanding position to stop this nonsense ... We the die hard BD cricket fans would never want this to happen ... even if it did happen we never should forget the Spirit of the Game ... But Umpires really should pay more concentration in the field as these things can easily effect the outcome of an exciting game like the Asia Cup finals ... I am pretty sure Cheema never tried to do something like that ... so plz let us all consider that incident as an accident ... thank you

Posted by SajjadKhan_BDTigers on (March 26, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket Team made the Asia Cup 2012 note-worthy and they have provided such a great show of Cricket which taken the Cricket Fans worldwide by surprise.I salute them and sheer love for the Pakistan Cricket Team and Pakistani Cricket Fans worldwide for their appreciation and spirit for Cricket. I myself had played professional cricket in Bangladesh for 6 years and having the concrete idea about how things work within the administrative level in Bangladesh Cricket I would like to confirm the Cricket Fans worldwide that it was an Indian Conspiracy to influence the BCB to complaint of final-over collision.Very unfortunate truth that the BCB Chairman himself is a politician and most importantly a Member of the Current Parliament from the ruling party who doesn't have minimum sense of cricket and just like the PCB he drives BCB according to his own plans and idea which is thoroughly supervised by the Indian Cricket authority.I hope things are clear to you guys.Love for all.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 26, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

I have no doubt in my mind the same hand made BCB acted in this childish way which also twisted their ears when they (BCB) agreed to tour Pakistan. Best for Pakistan is to sever ties with BCCI and BCB and urge for stronger ties with Cricket SriLanka (Pak's true friend in thick and thin) and with Wales, Irish and English Cricket. Politely say no to future BPL.

Posted by SajjadKhan_BDTigers on (March 26, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

It's always such an enrichment of the acknowledgement to go through & get some idea both from comments critisizing and defending controversial acts in & out of the field and yet in the cricket arena. I myself had played professional cricket for 6 years in Bangladesh and I have a concrete idea about how things work within the administrative level in Cricketing authority back in Bangladesh. No doubt that Bangladesh have provided such a great show of Cricket on field throughout the entire Asia Cup and they won millions of heart by their tremenous performance.Even the rivlary of the great final Pakistan( both the team & Pakistani cricket fans) have appreciated the visible development of Bangladesh Cricket.Being a Bangladeshi I just love the way Pakistan applauded for Bangladesh Cricket team. I salute the cricketers of Bangladesh Cricket Team.They made it note-worthy, the entire Tournament. I want to say ''Hi5'' to the Pakistani Cricket Fans for loving the game and the spirit as they were

Posted by syed-irfan on (March 26, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

I believe they are making a ground for not coming to Pakistan for the ODI Series. Lets wait and see?. If that happens they will ruin themselves.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Feeling sad BD fans, I think those on the top posts of BCB have no cricketing sense

Posted by fr600 on (March 26, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

It wasn't a good appeal and it got the result it deserved. I understand how Bangladeshi people was against it and I don't understand how BCB could go with it. Please keep our cricket away from sub-continental politics.

Posted by Wachucha on (March 26, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

It shows the lack of understanding of cricketing rules by BCB. Anyway it is all part of growing up for them. They demonstrated their infancy in the game of cricket. I'm sure with the passion Bangla people have for cricket the team will achieve bigger cups in future.

Posted by Abrahim on (March 26, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Happy to know that Acc has rejected BCB childish claim.

Posted by sardaradeel on (March 26, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

BCB has shown childish approach towards their defeat in final. they played reasonably well in the tournament and have won the hearts and compliments of thousands of cricket lovers, but this complain has ruined their achievements.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

It all boils down to the fact that there is no brotherhood, only rivalry on cricket ground. Pakistanis should not be naive enough to think otherwise. Shahid afridi was obstructed by mashrafe and it was much more obvious that bowler was getting in Afridi's way.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

BDCB paid their appology to Pakistani fans and said that wana pay thanx for the support of bangla team ....(that what i just heard )

Posted by Jokekiller on (March 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

What an embarrassment for Bangladesh. Why did they have to take this route in the first place? Bangladesh played so well and perhaps shed their minnows tag forever and won a lot of respect. This whole process was counter-productive to their achievements on the field.

Posted by iBilal on (March 26, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

well, the story comes to a humiliating end. Bengalis themselves will be mad at the board for such nonsense. I wish BCB had not appealed for it and kept their honor intact. Anyway, time to forget and move on. bilal, Pakistan

Posted by cricpolitics on (March 26, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

This was always going to be the logical decision. Bangladeshi board unnecessarily muddied the waters and tried to ruin the fun and excitement this version of the Asia cup had created. Bangladesh cricket must look forward and go for bigger things. Pakistan won the final and the cup fair and square, no questions about that.

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