ICC news April 2, 2015

'Whole episode is unfortunate' - Hassan

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BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said the controversy over the umpiring in the Bangladesh-India World Cup quarter-final wouldn't affect relations between the two countries © BCB

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has called AHM Mustafa Kamal's resignation from the ICC 'unfortunate'. He has also said the controversy stemming from the Bangladesh-India World Cup quarterfinal would not affect relations between the two countries.

Hassan said he hadn't attended the March 28 meeting where Kamal was told to apologise or withdraw his comments about the umpiring following the March 19 game.

"There was a meeting before the day of the final," Hassan said. "Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the meeting. There it was decided that the chairman would give the trophy. It is an exception in the ICC. It was unfortunate. I heard a couple of hours ago that Kamal has resigned. This whole episode is unfortunate. It would have been better had it not happened."

Hassan said the ICC CEO David Richardson has told the BCB that the ICC would investigate and analyse the Bangladesh-India quarter-final ball-by-ball.

"Just after the Bangladesh-India match, we gave the ICC a letter containing our observations," Hassan said. "The initial response from the ICC came from the CEO Dave Richardson. He said that they will investigate it ball-by-ball, and they would let us know after their analysis."

ESPNcricinfo understands that under ICC's standard operating procedures, every umpiring decision is analysed, to assess the umpires as well as to enable them to improve. It is also learnt that umpiring decisions from the India v Bangladesh match were accessed as part of the ICC's normal process and feedback was provided to the BCB.

Hassan clarified that the BCB's complaints were only confined to the umpiring during the quarter-final, and had nothing to do with Bangladesh's opponents in the game.

"I can't find any reason for [a strain in the relationship between India and Bangladesh]. It has nothing to do with the relation of these two countries. We are not complaining about a certain country. We spoke about the umpiring. We stressed on technology not being used when it was available. It happened more than once."

The ICC Board will discuss the vacant position in the next meeting on April 15 and 16. Hassan said Kamal was a choice of the Bangladesh government that the BCB passed on to the ICC. If the BCB is asked again, a similar process may be followed.

"The system was that the ICC had asked BCB to give a name," Hassan said. "We gave a name that was approved by our government. The next ICC meeting is very important to know what they are thinking. We have to know the procedure. We also have to speak to the honorable Prime Minister, because the last person was approved by her as well.

"It is not an important issue who will become president for three months. The president is a largely ceremonial post. The only thing was giving away the World Cup trophy but that too didn't happen."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2015, 20:10 GMT

    I think we Tiger fans have to let the matter rest and move on. Even if 'that ball" was declared a good ball, it is doubtful that we could have chased the target set. None of our bats were really firing. Its harder to chase a 200 plus target under lights and the Indian quicks were proving to be a handful for the Bangla batters. They would have to bat a lot better than they did. Tamim, Sakib, Mushy - they all failed. How can a team dream of winning if not a single batsman can dig his heels in and come up with a ton or something. I would rather let the matter rest and move on. India didn't steal the game away from us. They also outplayed us.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2015, 16:36 GMT

    One cricket game will not strain Bangladesh's relations with India. Its only a game of cricket. They will be playing again, numerous times in the future. The problem is elsewhere. Bangladesh's rivers are drying up; you can walk across to the other bank where there once used to be mighty waterways. Thanks to all the barrages and barriers that India has built upstream. If drying rivers has not strained relations between the two, then nothing will.

  • Khondker S on April 3, 2015, 14:22 GMT

    ICC needs to push better use of available technology. If expensive tools are installed for the game but not utilized properly then what's the merit of wasting money. Use of technology could easily avoid this unfortunate situation.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2015, 5:35 GMT

    While analysing the match ball by ball, ICC should also analyse why Kayes did not walk off after edging a catch to wicket keeper.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2015, 4:10 GMT

    Its a big issue BCB has raised that, technology hasn't been utilized properly. TV umpire could check that 'No-Ball'. Mahamudullah's out could be checked by zooming. Tamim's out could be properly analyzed. And why the spider cam was not used in Quarter final of a world cup , where it used even in group matches? Question mark is there with ball tracking of hawk-eye also. I hope ICC will make clear these issues and ensure better use of technology in future to keep away all the conflicts.

  • Dancing on April 2, 2015, 18:50 GMT

    Yeh! Actually Bangladesh has got this from India, as we've seen many things before, like review and others. The difference is India didn't stop only in complaining, they've changed the rules and even changing (a huge power of marketing and money does that I guess), and Bangladesh has not that power of marketing. So only things left is to complain, and that's they are doing.

  • Dancing on April 2, 2015, 18:44 GMT

    Yeh! Actually Bangladesh has got this from India, as we've seen many things before, like review and others. The difference is India didn't stop only in complaining, they've changed the rules and even changing (a huge power of marketing and money does that I guess), and Bangladesh has not that power of marketing. So only things left is to complain, and that's they are doing.

  • mohammad on April 2, 2015, 18:20 GMT

    I really do not understand the hype over Jordan run out issue.Not a single opinion says it was conclusively not out.The umpires took million replies and from one angle, it looked completely out.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2015, 17:40 GMT

    Bangladesh is lucky that England did not behave with the same pettiness after their match against Bangladesh. If fact, no other nation showed displayed the kind of petty behaviour that was displayed by Bangladesh officials after their quarterfinal defeat.

    Damage has been done by Mustafa Kamal. The damage control exercise done being attempted by Nazmul Hasan to too little and too late.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2015, 10:34 GMT

    BD must honor the written agreements which they made with other boards like sending its team to Pakistan. I dont think its an unfortunate thing. If you dont honor your own written things then others wont too. Simple and clear!

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