Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 3rd day

Shakib blames board for lack of review system

Andrew Miller in Dhaka

March 22, 2010

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Tim Bresnan was lucky to survive a strong appeal for a catch at silly point when he had made just 5, Bangladesh v England, 2nd Test, Dhaka, 3rd day, March 22, 2010
Tim Bresnan was one of three England batsmen to escape on the third day as Bangladesh had the rough end of the umpiring © Getty Images

Bangladesh's captain, Shakib Al Hasan, blamed the Bangladesh Cricket Board for failing to pay for the use of the Umpire Review Decision System, after his side's hopes of an historic maiden Test victory over England were undermined by a succession of rough umpiring decisions that allowed their opponents to graft their way to a 21-run lead with two first-innings wickets remaining.

Shakib himself led from the front, claiming 4 for 99 in 57 overs of relentlessly accurate left-arm spin, but the talking points of the day were the ones that got away. Each of England's three key contributors on the third day - Bell, Tim Bresnan and Matt Prior - received a let-off that enabled them to post at least another fifty runs, and in the cases of Bresnan and Prior, neither man had made it into double figures at the moment that their good fortune struck.

"It could have been a little bit better, and if it was a little better, we would have got a chance to bat today," said Shakib. "You know what the decisions were and what they should have been, but I don't want to make any comment. You all saw it on the TV."

For the record, Matt Prior was trapped on the crease on 9 by a reverse-swinging delivery from Rubel and went on to make 62; Bresnan survived a bat-pad catch on 5 before finishing the day on 74 not out, while Bell's innings could have ended on 82 had an lbw appeal by Abdur Razzak been upheld.

That final decision prompted Bangladesh's coach, Jamie Siddons, to march out of the dressing-room and gesticulate his disgust to the umpires. "There were probably three or four decisions I was unhappy with," Siddons told the BBC. "Hindsight makes it easy for me to be critical but that's the game. Umpires do make mistakes, but it made it hard for us today but we're still in the game, it's still pretty even."

Nevertheless, in Shakib's opinion, the blame lay less with the umpires, Rod Tucker and Tony Hill, and more with the board who baulked at the prospect of paying for the umpiring technology, but were nevertheless happy to pay to have the stadium facilities repainted overnight and decked out in flowers, to welcome the arrival of the ICC president, David Morgan.

"If they had taken the referral system, they would have had to spend some money because the system is expensive," he said. "But, yes, I think it was more important for us [than all these flowers]."

I think we would have asked for a referral four times with full confidence, and three of them would have come to our way for sure Shakib Al Hasan rues Bangladesh's luck

"We would have been in a very good position if [UDRS] was in use here," he said. "I think we would have asked for a referral four times with full confidence, and three of them would have come to our way for sure. It's really bad for us that we did not use the referral system, which we could have done."

Bangladesh's sense of injustice was also ramped by Andy Flower's pre-series suggestion that weaker teams are less likely to be given the benefit of the doubt by the umpires. "I've felt that my whole career," said Siddons. "I definitely never felt Australia were on the wrong end but, with Bangladesh, I definitely think it comes out against us. I don't know why.

"The spirit was down this afternoon but they fought back and they seem pretty positive about what they can do in the next two days. England have got to bat last but hopefully we don't let them put on too many runs for the last two wickets."

As and when England do bat again, and assuming they are set a defendable target, then Shakib will be demanding a greater contribution from his fellow left-arm spinner, Abdur Razzak, whose 37 overs were milked for 127 runs, with only the wicket of Alastair Cook to show for his efforts. The pre-match plan had been for both spinners to operate in tandem, but Shakib instead had to rely on the reverse-swing of Rubel Hossain to keep England under wraps as the day wore on.

"I was expecting more from Razzak, especially when we both were bowling," said Shakib. "It was very important to have a partnership between us to create pressure from both ends, but he ended up making the same mistakes from the first Test, because the main thing is patience. Whoever loses his patience first will be a loser. Maybe he thought he'd try to bowl wicket-balls, but every time he conceded a four, the pressure came off."

In mitigation, the conditions were not as spin-friendly as had been predicted, but that did not surprise Shakib in the slightest. "Whenever we hear the ball will spin, it doesn't," he said. "It's nothing new and I am not too disappointed with it, although we have been playing Test match cricket for 10 years, so we should know by now how to take this advantage. When we go to England, they are sure to prepare a bouncy wicket for us.

"Still, everything is possible - win, draw or loss," said Shakib. "I don't think we are in a very bad position, because the match is still very balanced and both teams are under pressure. But we have more pressure, because we cannot always play consistently well."

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Posted by R.B.TIGER on (March 24, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

Its nice to see that Tigers are playing with 11 players while England is with that of 13 !!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers England !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by tareks_bangladesh on (March 23, 2010, 16:19 GMT)

Hi. just saw Billy Signaling Four in a Domestic Cricket League of our neighboring country. ICC Elite Panel Umpires are busy in a Elite job. Ultimately money and capitalism are everything ….screw Test cricket….screw Bangladesh…..Doesn't matter if they come up as a competitive Test nation….guys let me tell u one thing for this kind of elitism where ICC and major nations are reluctant to help out an emerging one and happy to keep the game within a few nation, this Sport has bad really bad time waiting…people are now cheering flood of Sixes and Fours…but for how long? These six and fours will get boring one day…..yester hat has happened, I wish that wouldn't have any long term impact on this Young Bangladeshi team….They played their heart out…and make no mistake…they could have 150 runs 1st innings lead and now that would stand in 300 runs lead…but whatever these doesn't matter….I wish one thing that when people from other countries can't help us….stop criticizing us…u don't have any right

Posted by number-09 on (March 23, 2010, 13:13 GMT)

msvknight- A bit of an asinine comment, don't you think? Andy flower is in the best position to speak about unfair decisions against weaker teams. He played and captained one. Now he is coach of a stronger team and is experiencing the these decisions from the other side. only this time it is in favor. Have you played any kind of international cricket to experience what he has experienced? He was being frank and you normally would not get that from the coach of a stronger team.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (March 23, 2010, 12:51 GMT)

Let's just make things simple - the referral system should be in for ALL international matches, ESPECIALLY for tests. The system isn't perfect but it is better than not having it. Dissent issues are basically gone with because players can just call for a referral and then its their own fault if they waste their referrals then get bad decisions later. The umpires get a lot more respect and woeful decisions either don't get made at all or else get overturned and the umpires dealt with. In every way it is better. I don't know if we can say outright that it has cost Bangladesh this test match but it certainly will be a talking point - while if the referral system was in, it wouldn't be an issue. Put in the referral system for ALL MATCHES and all talk of things being "unfair" are gone. Then there are luck and bad decisions made by the players - and ideas of bad mistakes by umpires costing them are gone. Put it in for all matches now.

Posted by vikram1729 on (March 23, 2010, 7:26 GMT)

a straight no-non-sense talk from Shakib - not being a bit "politically correct". hope bangladesh goes on to register a draw- if not a win!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

Andy Flower is right. It is obvious that over many years Australia have been the main beneficiary of incorrect decisions followed by England and South Africa. Teams from the Indian Subcontinent seem to have suffered.

Posted by hjfaruq on (March 23, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

It was much pretty for England that both umpires were paralyzed to up their hand in case of lbw decisions against appeal of bangladeshi bowlers. That's a great win to have the umpires' favor!!!.......Cheers England...

Posted by khobornai on (March 23, 2010, 4:57 GMT)

totally agree with Shakib. My heart goes for the tiger boys who gave their best in the field. Why do we have to repaint the stadium for the visit of ICC president ? Would Australia or England do the same in a similar situation ? A win by Bangladesh team would have impressed ICC president more than anything else. BD cricket board must come out of this unwarranted inferiority complex and do something that helps the team.

Posted by SsBang on (March 23, 2010, 3:53 GMT)

This is how it goes!! So sorry to say that!!! A poor nation is at mercy of the powerfu in every facet of life. Not only in sports. Wonder how long our cricket team will have to endure this injustice??

Posted by irrationale on (March 23, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

FINALLY Bangladesh has an outspoken captain, and more importantly one who knows how much speaking is enough and not too much.. The greater cricketing community should realize that ultimately these ludicrous decisions mean even further pressure on the country to perform better at the test level because at the end of the day it's only the actual result that will be remembered and not what could be. So the frustration caused by these decisions is just that much more on the home team. Hopefully Bangladesh can look beyond all this and hit back in a stronger fashoin on day 4 and 5. Andy Flower in the meantime has a LOT to think about...

Posted by A.P.B. on (March 23, 2010, 1:51 GMT)

Is such a shame! Bangladesh are a young side that are improving dramatically and could do with a bit of luck! England escape again!! Not saying that it would make a difference but, they always seem to get the 50/50 decisions like in 05 & 09 Ashes!

Posted by Woody111 on (March 23, 2010, 1:50 GMT)

It is so convenient for the ICC to place the responsibility of instilling URDS capabilities back to the individual Country boards. Whether or not Bangladesh cricket can afford it should be a moot point. The ICC has a responsibility to promote equity in world cricket and leaving Bangladesh in the lurch like this is counter-productive. It is in world cricket's interest to ensure a level playing field which having selective URDS clearly does not do. This carelessness of the ICC has all but robbed Bangladesh of being in a position to win this test and they should be held accountable for avoiding responsibility on infrastructure. I hope Bangladesh can put behind this inequity and make England earn every run or wicket. They've worked exceedingly hard to be competitive and deserve many more accolades than they receive. If the UDRS is designed to reduce umpire 'howlers' then how can this not apply to every test played? Keep the faith Bangladesh!

Posted by msvknight on (March 23, 2010, 0:39 GMT)

Oh come on Andy, you've had no experience of playing with a stronger team anyway. How would you know if they get the benefit of the doubt? Every cricketer in creation thinks they get the rough end of the stick. Doesn't make it true.

Posted by romanlincoln on (March 22, 2010, 23:51 GMT)

Special thanks to Shakib for his bold and open opinion.

Feeling sorry for Shakib and Co.. Wishing you good luck and expect better performance from the umpires for last two days. However the chance is very low as they are continuing it from the first test match.

I think both umpires are not ready yet for standing in an International match where the opponents don't have similar "history of strength(!)". ICC should think about their selection scheme of the umpires more seriously specially for the matches between teams having "historical" unequal strength.

Hopefully ICC and all major cricketing nations will remember these before raising question about the capability of Bangladesh in the test arena in ICC meetings. Particularly England as being a fortunate opponent.

New Zealand and Australia should give more chances to these umpires in their domestic league to improve their skills specially in the matches between a favourite against the underdogs.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 22:17 GMT)

We need fair umpiring...Let England have 12 wickets as a handicap but please ensure fair umpiring

Posted by demon_bowler on (March 22, 2010, 22:02 GMT)

Subcontinental teams always whine about umpiring. It's as predictable as rain on bank holidays in England.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 20:56 GMT)

this time board should compile an official complain to ICC about umpiring, lets see how the ICC react..

Posted by falcon560 on (March 22, 2010, 20:39 GMT)

dont know what to say...its happening again and again with bangladesh and still prople will tell we cant win a match..... justice..

Posted by s.sanin on (March 22, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

Yes the referral system could have easily made England struggle more. To err is human but this a International arena, making so many bad decisions its really not exceptable.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 20:00 GMT)

these umpires shudnt be in ICC if they cant make right simple decision. stupid morons.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT)

This boy is good. I think we've got a jem in our hand.

Posted by Croc_on_mara on (March 22, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

Fascinating test thus far. The umps seem to be in the dumps :). That said, its only a matter of time before BD supporters flood this section with conspiracy theories which will eventually end up with the blame being somehow rested squarely on India for hosting a sparkling IPL. Why? We will find out soon...

Posted by BD_CricFan on (March 22, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

OUTRAGEOUS!!!! After all the history of poor one-sided umpiring decisions against Bangladesh, BCB didn't want to spend the money for the UDRS????? BUT they found the money for the painting facelift and flowers in the stadium to suck up to the ICC president??????? If Bangladesh loses this match due to bad umpiring and shakib couldn't ask for review due to the absense of UDRS then I hope the entire cricket board will resign if they have some self-respect and dignity left by then.

Posted by ronnie12345 on (March 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT)

i totally agree with Shakib...i mean on a pitch like dis which has nothing for the bowlers even the slightest confusing disicions should be made in the favor of bowling side.whereas those four appeal was pretty clear to me even in the TV screen... i don't know what the umpire was thinking...but when he made those disicions he looked so stupidely confident and his expression was like he is the best umpire in the

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

India faced the same situation before. The notable one was sydney test vs aussies during 2008 tour. UDRS is still not implemented in sub-continent, even after almost 7-8 months of its introduction.I do not know about BCB, but BCCI despite richest board in the world, failed to use technology. what a shame..! I urge that UDRS should be implemented when all games that involves a test playing nation, in any form of the game.

Posted by shafny on (March 22, 2010, 18:52 GMT)

Poor bangladeshi team i really feel sorry for them. in 1st oneday against england morgans plumb LBW was not given he went to win the match unbeaten i definatly thnk bangladesh would have won that match and who knows what would have happen in 2nd and 3rd..... on this second test no questions bangladesh should have won if the umpires been honest and accurate why the hell the making mistake only against bangladesh not against england??? SOUTH AFRICAN SECOND TEAM OHH OHH SORRY ENGLAND NEED 13 OF THEM ON THE FIELD TO beat poor bangladesh team. its a joke.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 18:28 GMT)

We Bangladeshi fans (and surely players and stuffs also) are really frustrated with sick umpiring decisions, and unsurprising all go out of Bangladesh's way. How can you fight against a top team when all three top scorers are blessed trough poor umpiring? It surely demoralizes bowlers and fielders confidence. Can we blame those cricket-fans who fear ICC has instructions to the umpires to provide comport to the top teams in the field?

Posted by maddy20 on (March 22, 2010, 18:27 GMT)

This is totally unfair. Kind of reminds me of the fateful Sydney test. Shame on the umpires for crushing an impressive fight-back of the tigers. Even though I am an Indian, I was outraged by the decision today and Shakib's outburst is understandable.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

UDRS may be nice to have, buyt not having it does not confer an advantage on either side. If the Bangladesh board are short of money, then it makes no sense to spend their small resources on an unnecessary extra. Shakib should remember that the game has coped without UDRS for almost its entire exisitence.

Let's look at the postives. Suddenly, there are a few young Bangladeshis who could be considered for inclusion in other international teams. The side looks better without Mohd Awful, who (indevertently) sent the message that one or two decent performances were all that was required.

Posted by Kalim-Bangladesh on (March 22, 2010, 18:00 GMT)

I think Shakib is missing one point here, even if there is UDRS in place we still will be in the wrong end of Umpiring decision untill we can prove ourselves as a big market. The so called elites of cricketing world(England, Australia, SA, Newzealand) had to bow down to the Indians not solely for their playing capability rather for India being a big market and visibly for being the future of cricket. There still need to be some time before decisions will be coming in BD's favour and we've to consistently try to develop our cricket. We hope it will take much less time than it was for India.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 17:45 GMT)

So,my dear Shakib-you are vulnerable for another "Kneel down" syndrome--for revealing the truth!!

Posted by cricfanfr on (March 22, 2010, 17:44 GMT)

this can't be "errors " : this was the same story throughout this series , as a cricket lover I am disgusted BD deserves better

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 17:23 GMT)

ICC need observ this type of mistake have done by upire which is always going to weak team.

Posted by mandi on (March 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

refrral now need in every test,every cricket board should use sad foe bangkadesh.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 17:00 GMT)

Bangladesh Have To Make Their Confidence Levell As Concrete 1st.

Posted by sawn on (March 22, 2010, 16:46 GMT)

what is wrong with the umpires???????????

Posted by mujahidul on (March 22, 2010, 16:41 GMT)

Review system should be mandatory for each international match. How come a ground is selected for World cup and there is not technology to apply the review system? In addition to the review system, Umpires' performance review should also be done on every match and the umpires should be ranked accordingly. How can an Elite panel member of the ICC be so biased? Human error should be balanced against each team. But, here all the errors occur against one single team. That's suspicious!!

Posted by Bang_La on (March 22, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Good morning Andrew. Thanks a lot for updating with touch of your insights.

I am no pundit, not near to such classification even. Still, I wrote of my views about Bangladesh cricket's problems when you jotted down a few. In my views, one serious point was about the problem of cricket management or constituting the cricket board. The board is democratically elected and in Bangladesh democracy, votes are managed. So, lots of non-cricket persons show up who mostly are political cronies and for God's-sake never had any exposure to any kind of cricket. The political force that has the power generally directs this bunch. So cricket never comes as matter of importance but other things get in the list. The result is, three bowling machines for millions of cricketers or no fast pitch to practice or any gym facilities and so on. The future of Bangladesh cricket will always be murky as long as genuine cricket professionals do not run cricket business in Bangladesh. Sadly speaking.

Take care,

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 15:53 GMT)

this is so true about the umpiring, BCB should make more contribute and make more faculities for the crickter. we need bouncy cricket and some more good pitch to run domestic cricket, so that we can competitive in da international arena.hope bcb will look at into dat rather than oiling ICC.

Posted by BD_CricFan on (March 22, 2010, 15:41 GMT)

OUTRAGEOUS!!!! After all the history of poor one-sided umpiring decisions against Bangladesh, BCB didn't want to spend the money for the UDRS????? BUT they found the money for the painting facelift and flowers in the stadium to suck up to the ICC president??????? If Bangladesh loses this match due to bad umpiring and shakib couldn't ask for review due to the absense of UDRS then I hope the entire cricket board will resign if they have some self-respect and dignity left by then.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 15:41 GMT)

We have belief in our team.... Go ahead shakib... The result will not bother us anymore....

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 15:33 GMT)

The sons of Bangladesh showed great character on the field despite horrendous miskakes by the umpires. I dont think they have done anything wrong, its the norm for these umpires to rule against the minos. Simply pathetic. They always do. They should be brought to justice. Their inadequacy, poor vision, biased views has created misery to the players and the fans of Bangladesh Cricket. I would want to write so much about them but yet to recover from such trauma. A piece of advice - " For God sake.. do your job the right away " Your slanted, prejudiced prejudgement decisons had broken the hearts of many poor people of this country

- Long live cricket and the sons of Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

Some day, well, bad decisions are unfortunate but part of the game. I begin to wonder, why only Bangladesh has to go through bad decision! During the entire series, I have not see any bad decision for England. You can not keep on making the same mistakes and then say, oh, it was a mistake, because it looks deliberate.

Posted by BD_CricFan on (March 22, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!! After knowing all the history of bad and very questionable umpiring decisions against Bangladesh the cricket board didn't want to spend the money for the UDRS???? But they found the money for the painting and flower to suck up to the ICC President. There needs to be an investigation and removal of the board members found responsible for this VERY IRRESPONSIBLE decision. Rather if BD loses this match due to persistent poor umpiring the whole cricket board should resign if they still have some self-respent and dignity left by then.

Posted by universe on (March 22, 2010, 15:04 GMT)

I am extremely angry with the Bangladesh board. Neither they can produce a pitch of our strength (spin) nor they can take steps regarding poor umpiring (complain to ICC or arrange UDRS).

Posted by plmx on (March 22, 2010, 14:38 GMT)

all the frustrations I feel for shakib's on field decisions tends to disappear when i read his sensible comments which reconfirms to me that he has a decent and intelligent brain....something i could never say in respect of any previous BD captain.

Posted by shonkhochil on (March 22, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

What can I say? 4 decision in one innings?? God bless Tony hill & Rod Tucker.. and England?? They are blessed by the Umpires!!

Posted by CricketMaan on (March 22, 2010, 14:26 GMT)

You must give it to Shakib for speaking his mind, in that aspect he is up there with Viru and Grame Swan..Congrats said it right both when you speak about your Board and about your partner Razzak..that is brutal honest and i like what you said in the end ...that it is upto you Bangla to paly consistent cricket. Odds are always there, but go on and fight it out..As an indian supporter my admiration for you has only been growing since the recent tour when you had India on mat at least for few sessions.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT)

forget about UDRS...what umpires are doing? how can misjudge so many times...not only in this test, in the whole series we have seen like this...why every decisions is against bangladesh? umpires should have more responsibilities..

Posted by magic-boy on (March 22, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

Excellent speech ! Kudos to Shakib for bringing the real fact !!

Posted by nafee on (March 22, 2010, 14:04 GMT)

i dont think that ICC even bother about this kind of behavior of inexperienced umpires towards bangladesh team............ if so then ICC would not always send bad umpire to officiate bandladesh game...............

Posted by US_Cricket_Fan on (March 22, 2010, 14:01 GMT)

how can the Board be so stupid?? don't they know the marginal decisions always goes against Bangladesh? and these 3 decisions were genuine ones, not marginal..i have been noticing ever since this president came on board, there has been a lot of mistakes made off the field..selection interference, bad player mgmt, etc..

Posted by   on (March 22, 2010, 13:47 GMT)

dats the problem with UDRS , either it shall be available for everyone or no one at all, its wrong that only those who pay for it get it... it shud be ICCs responsibility to arrange for it...

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