Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 3rd day February 6, 2014

Hossain dismissal irks Bangladesh


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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  • Asanga 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.

  • Akhtar 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.

  • Baundule 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.

  • Baundule 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2014, 5:09 GMT

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

  • Dominic on February 7, 2014, 3:45 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Md 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.........

  • Android 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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