Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur March 24, 2012

Bangladesh to seek review of final-over collision

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has said it will complain to the Asian Cricket Council about an incident in the final over of Bangladesh's chase in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan. The incident, during the first ball of the 50th over, involved a collision between the bowler Aizaz Cheema and Mahmudullah as the latter tried to come back for a second run - something the BCB claims the Pakistan bowler did deliberately.

"We have seen video footage of the incident repeatedly. It is clear that Cheema blocked Mahmudullah deliberately," Enayet Hossain Siraj, the chairman of the BCB cricket operations committee, told reporters in Dhaka. "We will lodge a written appeal with the ACC very soon and will also give a copy to the ICC."

The rules of cricket (Law 42.5) sanction a strict penalty for the fielding team if a fielder is found by the umpire to deliberately obstruct a batsman while attempting a run. Neither batsman can be dismissed (if a run-out has taken place), five penalty runs are awarded to the batting side, the delivery will not count as one in the over, the run will count even if the batsmen haven't crossed and the batsmen can choose which of them faces the next delivery. Whether or not there was intent behind the collision is for the umpire to determine; in this case, after the players had collided, the umpire Steve Davis was seen having a word with both players. The delivery yielded a single.

"It is clearly written in the playing conditions that it will be a dead ball if the batsman faces an obstacle while running by a bowler or fielder. The batting side will get a five-run penalty," Siraj was also quoted as saying in the Daily Star. "In that case, we would have required only four runs off six balls. We have footage which clearly shows that the bowler in question created an obstacle to [Mahmudullah] Riyad."

Intikhab Alam, the PCB director, said it was "sad and disappointing" to hear Siraj's statement. "It was a thrilling final and everyone praised Bangladesh for their fight. Their decision to appeal is just an afterthought after the result," Alam said. "The fact of the matter is that no match umpire or referee complained about this to Pakistan management and Bangladesh's complaint will spoil a wonderful final which everyone enjoyed."

Bangladesh needed nine to win at the start of the 50th over; they lost by two runs. Had Pakistan been penalised, Bangladesh's task of chasing down 237 for a win would have been made significantly easier.

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  • Yusuf on March 28, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    I do not understand the criticism of some BD fans against umpiring. TV replays clearly show and commentators stated that Younis Khan and Umar Akmal were wrongly given out. It was not even doubtful. Similarly Tamim Iqbal was out LBW early in his innings as was Muhammed Hafiz. So wrong decisions went 3-1 in favor of BD. Regarding Cheema's alleged obstruction and also Mushriful's alleged obstruction of Afridi's run, it is almost impossible to judge from video if both acts were intentional or not. One would have to look at where the bowler was looking before the obstruction and what was the possibility of a second run. Clearly in the Cheema case, there was no possibility of a second run.

  • Jawwad on March 27, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Bangladesh did not lose because of the bowler who stood his ground to field. Anyone care to comment on dot balls Bangladesh played? They lost as a team. If any of the players had scored 2 more runs instead of DOT balls, outcome might have been different. Pakistan held it's nerve and bowled superbly. This is what separates from a giant to a minnow. No one is giving Pak bowling credit because Bangladesh does not think they lost out to a good team. And that my friend is a sign of a loser.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    of course it was a very righteous decision from BCB.Pakistanis did it against sachin to get him out in eden gardens & they did it quite often.each & every cases should be taken into trial & if possible,should be compensated.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    @Engr Faisal Abeer: the same Simon didn't do anything when Brett Lee blocked Sachin and it even caused a runout. He didn't even care to discuss with other unpire Billy who in the earlier match suggested Viru to revoke his appeal. Its all decided at the heat of the moment and umpires descrition and different umpires thing in different lines. Its high time ICC should come up with certain standards on cases lik this.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Hard earned respect by team ruined by BD board and their prime ministor by not giving trophy to winning team. I was not expecting that PM will backout as their team lost....

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    I have been reading these comments here last couple of days how people are accusing BCB of being immature because they complained about an incident. Well to all of you who thinks that BCB should forget the fact, then I would say, BCB didnt have to be a BCB rather just be a statue who keep their mouth shut no matter what happens. Well Bangladesh on the other hand is always the victim of umpiring against them or decisions in the cricket field hurting them rather than their own game. We all know Bangladesh cricket is still in that stage where they are improving every days, and if the official decisions also go against them then how they can beat two oppositions in the same game? If the law sasy that blocking on player in normal runs is not legal then it should be appealed even the umpire didnt take any action at that time. It should be also considered if the complain is right then why the umpire didnt take any action.

  • shahid on March 26, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    I request BCB and Bangladesh politicians to keep politics out of cricket. We know that indian camp is in power but they should not destroy cricket as a mod of love between pakistani public and the Bangla nation. We, Pakistanies support Bangladesh team, where ever and against who ever they play. We even wanted Bangladesh team to win over Pakistan in the final as we knew the joy it will bring to Bangladesh.

  • Hardik on March 26, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Bangladesh should have won the final to be very honest and they deserved to win the Asia cup.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    i am a bangladeshi and i am also very embarrased to see this. this is a bad PR move by BCB.. they need to stop this immediately.

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    I just wonder why Simon Tauffel the world's best umpire didn't replace the done n dusted Davies ??? Had it been...this nasty incident could have been prevented !!!

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