Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 3rd day

Hossain dismissal irks Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

February 6, 2014

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Nasir Hossain plays a very delicate late cut, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, February 6, 2014
Nasir Hossain's dismissal towards the end of the day irked the Bangladesh dressing room © AFP

Bangladesh plagued by injuries

  • Bangladesh have a string of injuries that could affect them in the course of the ongoing Test. The biggest difficulty is likely to be behind the stumps as captain Mushfiqur Rahim will take the field but not as wicketkeeper.
  • Imrul Kayes has multiple injuries. He pulled his hamstring on the final ball of his innings, had hurt his groin and suffered a blow to his back on the second day. Abdur Razzak's bowling in the second innings will depend on how he shows up as a batsman on the fourth morning.
  • "Imrul has cramps at the moment so after his pain goes away, I can assess his hamstring injury," physio Vibhav Singh said. "I will see how Razzak bats in the first innings tomorrow, see how he turns while running. I will assess Mushfiqur on a day-to-day basis, but he is unlikely to keep wickets tomorrow."

Nasir Hossain's dismissal on the third day left the Bangladesh dressing room irked as they felt the batsman was erroneously given out caught behind by umpire Paul Reiffel. The decision brought back focus on the BCB's continued avoidance of the Decision Review System (DRS) or the Officiating Replay System (ORS).

Hossain had tried to cut an Ajantha Mendis delivery late in the day and was caught low by wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal. The Sri Lankan close-in fielders went up in a huge appeal, but the batsman and the non-striker Mahmudullah were crestfallen. After coach Shane Jurgensen saw a replay of the dismissal on the team analyst's laptop, he let out a scream that showed the frustration in the team. Later, Shamsur Rahman termed it a "bad decision".

"Our day was ruined by one bad decision, which was of Nasir Hossain," Shamsur said. "We would have had an altogether great day had Nasir not been given out like that. I think you have seen it on television what happened. I don't think it touched his bat when he attempted the cut. We saw it in the replay several times. He has now had two such calls in two consecutive matches.

"Nasir is a key player for us in that position. He performs in all formats, be it Twenty20s, ODIs and Test cricket. The whole team suffers if such a performer becomes victim of a bad dismissal."

There had been one questionable decision in the previous Test when Mushfiqur Rahim's leg-before decision appeared to have an inside edge. Bangladesh have had issues with umpiring errors in the past, most notably against England at home in 2010 when several leg-before appeals from Bangladesh were turned down. The other prominent series in this regard was in Zimbabwe last year when umpiring decisions led the Bangladesh coach to visit the match referee's room on several occasions.

BCB's stance on DRS has been peculiar. As the No. 10 ranked Test team, Bangladesh certainly could do with the aid of the DRS. This was first highlighted by Shakib Al Hasan during the 2010 home series against England, when he criticised the BCB for spending money on welcoming the then ECB chief David Morgan rather than employing the DRS.

ESPNcricinfo understands that when the tender notice was placed for the broadcasting rights of the current series, the companies were given a choice to either include or not include the DRS in their bid. None of the bidders went for the "with DRS" deal.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by WannaBeRusta on (February 7, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

Whinging BD fans: Get a life without complaining about things that your board should have sorted out. If there is NO DRS, you are bound to get some bad decisions unless you are India. I also witnessed Kithruwan and Mahela getting out to decisions which would have easily overturned with DRS.

Posted by ahassan on (February 7, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Bangladesh should not complain now. They should have gone for DRS or ORS in the first place instead of towing India's line. Usage of technology can save careers of many promising players and should always be used.

Posted by Baundele on (February 7, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

and from the last paragraph of the article, it is obvious that BCB wanted they DRS; but the broadcasters did not want it. The broadcasting of Bangladesh cricket heavily depends on Indian broadcasters. It is not solely on BCB's hand.

Posted by Baundele on (February 7, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

People that are saying that wrong decisions are part of the game, are ignoring the fact that most often, if not always, only one team suffers from them, and certain teams cash on them. So, such wrong decisions never balance out. Umpires are human beings; but they try to remain on the safe side, giving wrong decisions against teams with weaker boards.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

These should be avoided using technology, most often the lower ranked (ICC ranking) teams suffer most.

Posted by DTSM on (February 7, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

This is the fault of the ICC…They let the boards decide without having uniformity.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

it's interesting because nasir seems to get out a lot due to "Wrong decision". even at the last tour. it is very irksome.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Oh. Bangla trying to give excuses here. Poor. What about Kithruwan's wicket in the first innings then? Huge inside edge. But SL didn't give excuses or they didn't have to because they already made immense and also even they got lot of runs after that as well..So only yourselves to blame guys..move on..

Posted by CricketFever11 on (February 6, 2014, 23:56 GMT)

Same thing happen to Kithruwan's Dismissal. He was heading for anther century. But we do not complain. We move on....... Way to go lions.........

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

why not bcb bring alim dar instead of Paul raifel alim dar is the best umpire

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