Bangladesh news December 26, 2011

Weaker countries get more wrong decisions - Kamal

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, has said that weaker teams get the short end of the stick when it comes to umpiring decisions.

"I was listening to the commentators during the recently concluded Pakistan series. Everyone mentioned there that we got bad decisions," Kamal said during the launch ceremony for the 2012 Asia Cup. "If those decisions went our way, the cricket would have been more competitive but we couldn't do that. To err is human. I cannot talk against umpires being an ICC director, but I have seen that against weaker countries, there are more wrong decisions."

Kamal was referring to the fourth day of the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, when Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal was given out caught even though the ball appeared to have struck his helmet and lobbed to the slip fielder. It was a crucial time for the Bangladesh team who were in pursuit of saving the game. There was a loud clamour for the Decision Review System (DRS), though this wasn't the first such instance.

During the England series in March 2010 as well, there was a lot of talk surrounding the BCB's reluctance to use technology with then captain Shakib Al Hasan being one of the advocates. In the second Test of that series, coach Jamie Siddons was seen fuming at some of the decisions in the England first innings. Umpire Asoka de Silva's mistakes during the Pakistan tour in 2003 was the first flashpoint of Bangladesh's angst with decisions.

Kamal was recently named the joint-nominee from Pakistan and Bangladesh for the ICC vice-presidency, and is in line to take over as president in 2014. He said that during the ICC's meeting a few months ago, the deliberations on making technology mandatory were put on hold as the system isn't foolproof yet. However, he stated that the next Bangladesh television deal would include the use of DRS.

"In the October ICC meeting, the DRS was discussed. There it was decided that since the technology hasn't been developed to that extent and there are mistakes in the DRS system itself, it won't be made mandatory.

"In our deal with Nimbus, there was no DRS. But from next April, when we will discuss with another broadcaster, we will tell them to include DRS in all our games."

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  • Mian Shaukat on December 29, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    There are no two opinions, DRS has to be made mandatory by the ICC. And why is India scared? The DRS is not perfect? So, how about the Umpires who are worst! Let us have an even playing field ! Then ICC should wake up to the Umpiring problem and make sure that results are not on the basis of on wrong decision, this is not fair!

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    i totally agree with kamal

  • Sarandeep on December 29, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    I was listening to the commentators during the recently concluded Pakistan series. Everyone mentioned there that Bangladesh has no business playing test cricket.

  • Rezaul on December 29, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Spot on Mr. Kamal. Thats the first time an ICC official accepted that umpiring howlers caused some affect to Bangladesh. Truth is always bitter if it goes against others who listen to it. But accepting the truth gives you more courage to be better human.

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @third_gear. Since when does one's standard/position in life dictate they should or should not be an umpire? I am appalled at your belittling some one namely umpire Billy Doctrove what does his being poor have to do with his umpiring ability? You need to stick to the issue and not get personal.

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Y R SOME PEOPLE SO STUPID. KAMAL SAID WEAKER TEAMS, WHICH IS 100 % ACCURATE. FINALLY SOMEONE REALIZE WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON. TAKE WEST INDIES FOR EXAMPLE, THEY HAVE SUFFERED MORE THAT ANY TEAM IN THE LAST 10 YRS OR MORE. DUE TO POOR UMPIRE DECISIONS. SOME IS CLAIMING THAT POOR DECISION EVENTUALLY EVENN ITSELF OUT BUT SOMETIME 1 WRONG DECISION, AT THE MOST CRUCIAL STAGE OF THE MATCH TO A KEY PLAYER CAN AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME, WHERE AS, 5 OR MORE POOR DECISIONS WOULD NOT AFFECT THE OUTCOME.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    I think pcb could help bcb by letting theire 2 first class teams play in pcb;domestic season and get to play against some good players.that would help them in long run.and may be understand test cricket better.

  • Gagan on December 28, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Here are some statistics for all those Bangladesh fans who are comparing their team to the early years of other teams. Bangladesh has played 73 tests so far and has lost 63 of them. Here is a list of number of losses some other teams had in their first 73 tests: India (29), Pakistan (21), New Zealand (35), Sri Lanka (34), Zimbabwe (40). As you can see, there is daylight in the progress of BD as compared to the others. While we'd love to see Bangladesh succeed, the world is losing patience because BD keep losing - In tests, even a draw can we be seen like a victory at times and BD has managed only 7 draws in their first 73 games. By the way, of those 7 drawn games, 5 games were affected by at least 1-day lost to rain!

  • Indian on December 28, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    someone should mention to Kamal that improving batting, bowling and fielding of your own team (OMG!.. the number of dropped sitters B'desh do!)... assists more in winning matches rather than being cynical about other countries getting favorable umpiring decisions.

  • Zakirul on December 28, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    chapathishot: "... during the first fifteen years India played less than 15 tests and have drawn a lots of test.Taking number of test played India won their first test faster than BD.........." I think India won their first tests after 20 years and by that time they had their 5th generation of players. 3rd generation of BD players are playing now. Also India used to play 4 day test for a long time and so it was easier to draw. It was also easier because there were nor pressure of fan expectation and media. Also the players were playing only longer version (no ODI or T20), hence it was easier to focus.

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