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
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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 android_user on (February 6, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

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

Posted by android_user on (February 6, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

These Lankans won't understand the importance of Nasir Hossain to this team. Best finisher in world cricket right now without a doubt. To be watching The match at 5:00 am in the morning and watching our players given out like this by reifeell and llong day in day out is frustrating. Next series, I request Tue broadcaster to take up Drs or ORS. Be it away or home. IF AVAILABLE WHY NOT USE IT? BCB needs to put an end to this

Posted by i_golam on (February 6, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

we should not be so magnanimous ... so that we begin to say that anyone can make mistakes? particular when it comes to major sports? Have we forgotten the great slogan of the sports "Fair Play" ? If an error comes upp in a issue then it can never be fair ! Can it ?

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

its just a game after all..ppl make mistakes

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

It is one decision isn't it? And he is not Sanga or Kallis isn't he? This is not to say it doesn't hurt. It hurts, we all know that and it is disappointing that he got a bad decision. This is the reason why they should use the technology. I thought Vithanage's decision was a pretty bad one too. But unfortunately we have to accept that. If not for an stupid umpiring blunder by one of the best umpires at the time, Sanga would have had a 4th innings double century in Australia and SL might have won a memorable first game in Australia. It is all about taking the punch and moving on. It is sad and I feel for BANG because they are in a tight corner and desperate to save this one. The best thing for them is to focus on the job at hand and try to put SL under pressure than worrying about the things they can't control. It has to be said though that umpiring has been rather average in this series.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

This has been going on for a long time now. Something must be done to stop these kinds of behaviors of the umpires towards BD,

Posted by KingOwl on (February 6, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

Bangla players seem to jump on one small fact and forget the big picture. Not the sign of mature professionals, I must say.

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 6, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Nasir Hossain would be sitting in the dressing room wearing his pads, ready to bat had the men immediately before him NOT thrown away their wickets. Both the experienced Shakib and the skipper Mushfiqur should have returned to the dressing room unbeaten.

It's the same old errors since Bangladesh were given Test status - the batsmen keep playing aggressive shots at the wrong time.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

How we do not have DRS is beyond me since the abundance of spinners we have. Also like @Asiacricket said we suffer the most if there are wrong decisions since we neither have a batsman or a bowler that could take us out of a predicament. Nasir looked good for a hundred but tomorrow lets see what Mahmadullah does... he must think that this is his last chance.

Posted by KingTarik on (February 6, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

"Our day was ruined by one bad decision, which was of Nasir Hossain," Shamsur said. Really Shamsur? I find it quite comical and an ignorant comment. I agree that umpire gave a bad decision to Nasir, but what about the fact that Shamsur, Kayes, Mominul, and Shakib threw away their wickets trying to play foolish and aggressive rash shots when they weren't needed at all. Imagine what a great position Ban would have been at the end of day if these players didn't throw away their wickets and showed some patience like Sangakara did for SL.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

You don't hear the Sri Lankan dressing room complaining about Vithanage's dismissal nor Bangladeshi fans pointing it out. It's all about how BD is being wrong done by the pitch, the toss and the umpires. Grow up and get over it...

Posted by Sidath346 on (February 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

At the end of the day, blame the BCB for not adopting ORS. If the tech is there, use it. All humans make errors and umpiring decisions are given in seconds. They don't have the luxury of replays to see it over and over again like we do. Vithanage's LBW was not out but given out and SL have also had worse decisions going against them in the past. All teams have to face it.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 6, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

To All SL fan who is using Vithanage out as an example: You need to understand that SL & BD arent the same team. You are one of the top team & losing one batsman due to a bad decision will hurt you lot less than us. You have a Sanga who scored more than 50% of your run do we have anyone like that? NO. But we had Nasir & if he was still there with Mahmudullah we may had a chance to score 450-475 but now we are gonna be all out even before 425 probably. Umpire making bad decision against the weaker team is a common incident and I have seen many time SL fans has been complaining about it too specially if it happens in a match between India & SL. It may not bother you now because you know Bangladesh is a cake walk & you are gonna win but if it was against other team it'd have bothered you too. BCB must get DRS because in every series we are suffering from such decision & it has to stop.Other team may have 1-2 decision against them but we get 4-5 in every test :(

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 6, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

In other words, it's so childish to complain like this.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Well, Kithruwan got a very bad decision, too. But, Sri Lankan team members didn't say anything nasty about umpiring. You can read my earlier comments, and I always wished Bangladesh to become better. But, man, this is really unacceptable. This is not ethical. Bangladesh has themselves decided to avoid DRS/ORS, so they cannot complain like this. Even things were like this, look at the way criticism is made! That's not ethical at all. Very disappointing! Being a better team doesn't just mean having a skilled, talented team. It means having ethics in the team as well. At times, ethics is far more important than talent or skill. No doubt Bangladesh is highly talented, and they have shown enourmous amount of ethics. But this is one such incident that too much of talking should be avoided. Right way to say is, "well, he was unlucky, and it brought us in some sort of trouble, despite the achievements we had today". All the best both teams.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Yes bad umpiring hurts lot but it is also part of a game.Threfore it is better to use the technology or giving power to third umpire to correct errors of on-field umpires.If kithruwan was not given out by a bad decision, srilankan score may be more than this 587.He is ver talented positive player

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

some decisions go against you and some dont,its not the end of the world,if you really love your team show up in the stadium believe me crowd noise always affects the umpiring decisions,unfortunately i have not seen many Bangladeshis showing up in the stadium ,the stands are empty,if you want to blame someone look in the mirror.

Posted by stormy16 on (February 6, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

I guess we know the answer already - yep DRS is an option, if you chose not to use it dont complain. Also Bangladesh is not the only team in the world that gets poor decissions, all teams get it and in scheme of things, they average out. Ironically Vitanege's decision could have had a similar impact on SL but for Sanga's monumental effort with the tail.

Posted by wapuser on (February 6, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

@sammy k,come on brother!don't blame the umpire!how can u say this & mentioning about elite group!definitely we will blame the umpire &ask for dsr because ultimately we are the looser!!!

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

What's stopping you from using the review system? Its there for a reason.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

The umpire is only human. He makes his decision in a matter of seconds. The Bangladesh Board have to understand that u can't play at the elite level on the cheap. The technology to help is there. Take it! Don't blame it on the poor umpires. They r doing the best job they can.

Posted by arif29 on (February 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Easy for others to say, but if you are a BD fan and you have to watch your team get the raw end of the deal, day after day, match after match, then you would know what it feels like. Never understood why the BCB does not employ DRS. I believe they can afford it.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

very poor umpiring.......

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Kithruwan Vithanage was given out LBW when he clearly hit the ball. its part of the game. That's what UDRS is there for.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Either use UDRS or stop complaining umpiring errors. Simple

Posted by bigbang07 on (February 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Bangladesh, move on. Its part of the game. Vithanage had a dodgy LBW decision when he inside edged it onto the pad. Yes, it is frustrating, but Bangladesh can still step up (albeit much tougher now)

Posted by Choudury on (February 6, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

This should not merit an article.

Vithanage got out in the SL innings with a big inside edge too.

Bangladesh has grown enough to not complain about umpiring mistakes. It is part of the game,take it in the chin and move on. Focus on what you can control, your skills and concentration.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Either go for DRS/ORS or don't complain, umpires are humans, it happens in favour of Bangladesh too when opponents are given out mistakenly.

Posted by CricketisKing on (February 6, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

You are going to get some good decisions and some bad decisions. Every sport has it and you got to go with the flow. I can understand getting upset about a bad decision but then they got some questionable decisions going their way. Got to leave it behind and go on.

Posted by Baundele on (February 6, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

The differences between the two teams are Sangakkara and the umpires. Nasir's wicket is a crucial one. He and Riyadh were building a partnership pretty quickly, and Sri Lanka would have been under a lot of pressure had Nasir still stayed there. This wrong decision might seal the fate of the match as well.

Posted by NextSana on (February 6, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Bangladesh needs to move on. It is part of the game remember Kithuruwan. He got an inside age but given out as LBW.

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