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Mohammad Isam in Chittagong
February 6, 2014
Bangladesh plagued by injuries
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 hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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