Bangladesh v India, 2nd Q-F, Melbourne March 19, 2015

Outrage in Dhaka over no-ball, BCB to lodge appeal


The BCB has said it will lodge an appeal against the umpiring decision in Thursday's match that let Rohit Sharma off the hook, and do whatever is legally necessary. The decision prompted an angry response in Bangladesh, with expressions of outrage from several quarters and an unusually sharp outburst from the ICC president AHM Mustafa Kamal, who said that it appeared as though the umpires had come to the game with an agenda.

Moments after Rohit was caught off a Rubel Hossain full-toss in the 40th over, umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould signaled no-ball but replays suggested that the ball was only waist-high when contact was made and on its way down. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza talked to Dar briefly and later, in the post-match press conference, steered away from direct criticism of the umpires.

The battle was taken up by officials and former officials. "Naturally we will appeal against these decisions in our report," BCB president Nazmul Hassan said. "It won't change the result, unfortunately. One wrong decision can make a huge difference in a World Cup quarter-final. I have had discussions with the ICC president (Mustafa Kamal) as no one else among the senior (ICC) officials were here in Melbourne. Legally what needs to be done, we will do it."

Kamal, a planning minister in the current Bangladesh government and a former BCB president, was more strident. He told Bangladeshi TV reporters outside the MCG that the ICC should investigate the matter, and questioned whether the decisions were "deliberate or not". He however said he was speaking as a "fan" and not as the current ICC president.

"From what I have seen, the umpiring was very poor," Kamal said. "There was no quality in the umpiring. It seemed as if they had gone into the match with something in mind. I am speaking as a fan, not as the ICC president. Umpires may make mistakes. The ICC will see if this was done deliberately. Everything is on record. The ICC has to investigate and inquire the issue to see if there's anything to it."

Kamal said that the backlash about the umpiring would compel the ICC into seeking further information on the issue. He also said he believed that other teams like Australia and South Africa would react similarly if they were also victims of poor umpiring decisions.

"I am talking about the overall umpiring. I saw what all of you saw. Before I go to the next ICC board meeting, I can't speak on their behalf. We are an ICC member, right? So we can't talk like this against the ICC. They will review it. Everyone is speaking against the umpires so definitely the ICC will find out whether there was any wrongdoings."

The reaction was similarly strong back home in Bangladesh. In the Dhaka University area, an effigy was seen burning with protesters chanting the names of the two on-field umpires of the World Cup quarter-final. There were processions in some parts of Dhaka and, according to TV reports, in other parts of the country too.

Former Bangladesh batsman Athar Ali Khan wrote in his Facebook account of his distress at the no-ball decision, posting the following message: "Shocked & still cannot believe that the leg umpire called that a no-ball. Why no one is talking about this?"

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • cool on March 20, 2015, 16:29 GMT

    I have not seen any BD fan talking about jordon run out. Why?

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2015, 11:18 GMT

    BD must be happy with out come!! Respect the umpiring. It can happen, they are just human. Even if Rohit got out, still India can manage to put 300 on the board with current form. BD not even reached 250. They can fight if they lose with 10 run margin, but unfortunately it is more than 100 runs, most of the time match was One sided. I'm happy with BD they reached QF. Better luck next time. Sure they will be learning and fighting better.

  • Martin on March 20, 2015, 10:31 GMT

    Having fun reading Bangla fan's posts or more of a whining!!! Come on guys, Seriously??? Agreed that England had a bad day and you just got lucky.What more do you expect?? All the teams to have a bad day in knockout's so that you can win a world cup?? This is world cup for crying out loud. You cannot just sneak past everyone and win a world cup just by causing upsets here and there once in 4 or 5 yrs. If you are playing at international level and that too for more than 10 yrs you should have known that they are so many things like Consistency or Formidable batting or bowling line-up or Momentum,or Players with X-factor to have 50-50 chance of winning and there are no days in cricket that Bangladesh starts a match with 50-50 chance against full member nations even after 10 years of cricket at international level which is a necessity at this level. At least now, the delusional bangla fans should understand why their win against full members are rare and are termed as an upset.

  • Mahesh on March 20, 2015, 10:22 GMT

    It is just a game of cricket it happens sometimes...well the decision would not have made a huge difference,Its all about handling the pressure in the right time but bangladesh were unable to play good game...

  • paritosh on March 20, 2015, 10:16 GMT

    Bangladesh desperately clutching on to straws. It was one decision that went wrong and what about Imrul's decision ? Haven't some decisions gone in their favor ? This is some real immaturity from the Bangladesh fans and their president.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2015, 10:01 GMT

    well the decision would not have made a huge difference but still umpires should make correct decisions and the best thing to do was to refer it to third umpire

  • Suriya on March 20, 2015, 10:00 GMT

    Outrage on Rohit's umpire decision. Then why Kayes didn't walk out after edging to the keeper if they want to be fair? So, its all even-steven in this case. By the way Bang tigers lost because mortaza lost his temper during first half of the match. Leader should bring in the calmness to the team. That's why great leaders like Lloyd, steve waugh, cronje haven't shown any reaction to their players. Its all about handling the pressure in the right way, and Bang are showing the signs of the same.

    I read one comment in the commentary box here, heartening to see skipper shouting at 19 yr old bowler. They bowled their heart out. Really impressed with rubel and taskin.

    @N.T.GOPALAKRISHNAN. When we review our answers sheets do they re-evaluate? No. They just simply check for total and give it back. Similarly here its going to be on-field call.

  • Kunal on March 20, 2015, 9:48 GMT

    Yes, It was not a No Ball. but it will not affect the end result at all. When this was happened, India were playing on 196 on 40th over. Even if rest of the team got out immediately, B'desh were still lose by 3 runs. (193 All out)

    B'desh people, you remember the last ball of the first over of Umesh Yadav? it was inside edge out but still your player did not walk off.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2015, 9:33 GMT

    Well, that was a harsh call agreed but BD should be happy that RJ dit come out earlier.. The way he was hitting boundaries (SR of 300), score would have only swelled! And anyways BD lost by 100+ runs! Thts too much of an excuse I guess.

  • Ch on March 20, 2015, 9:28 GMT

    @fahim: If Rohit was given out do you think target would be 260? Simply subtract 47 from India's score? What would happen to the deliveries he faced scoring those runs? @atique: Agree jordan isn't the best English batsman. But he isn't a muck with the bat either!

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