Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day March 19, 2013

Mushfiqur questions Mominul decision


Mushfiqur Rahim has questioned Mominul Haque's dismissal on the fourth morning of the Colombo Test. Mominul was given out caught at short leg by umpire Nigel Llong off the sixth ball of the day, but the Bangladesh captain wasn't convinced it was the right decision.

"Mominul wasn't out as far as I am concerned," Mushfiqur said. "The ball hit his thigh pad. If we take a look at both Tests, there were decisions that didn't go in our favour. These may be small things, but it is quite big for our team.

"After we lost Mominul, had Nasir [Hossain] stayed longer, we could have dealt better against the new ball. With Nasir gone, I had to take more risks with the tail. If Nasir was around, we could have given Sri Lanka a bigger score to chase."

Bangladesh recovered slightly afterwards as Mushfiqur and the lower order gave the innings some respectability. They eventually added 107 to their overnight score, giving Sri Lanka a comfortable 160-run chase to clinch the series.

Mominul seemed to have got an inside edge at first glance, but television replays were not conclusive enough, and neither were they repeated enough times to give a clear indication.

There have been a fair number of big appeals from both sides during the series, and the absence of the Decision Review System (DRS) has been felt on most of those occasions. Kumar Sangakkara's dismissal on the third morning took all of six minutes to be confirmed after the umpires in the middle were left unsure about a caught-behind appeal. The third umpire took his time, and though one could make out some deviation, it remained a controversial call.

Mushfiqur said his attack doesn't have the firepower to withstand a decision going against them. "It probably happens against all the teams but it matters a lot against a small team like ours. A top batsman makes very few mistakes, so if he gets a call in his favour, he ends up scoring 200-250. We don't have magic bowlers like they do in Pakistan or Sri Lanka, where they can take five-six wickets in one spell. We have to play with this [in mind]."

Mushfiqur renewed calls for the universal use of the DRS, which he believes will help a team like Bangladesh. "We have a stronger case for having the DRS, and I will request those in charge to take a look at this area."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Duttagupta on March 22, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I remember Sachin tendulkar - 4 times, Dravid -2 times, Dhoni 1 time was given wrongly not out in 2012 England tour, England won the match due to that. I support DRS. It should be used by the umpire instead of players, even for LBW. Then it wont be something called review limits as correct decision should not have a limit.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    To Mushfiqur:

    You are the best captain we ever had. As a Bangladeshi I am proud of you for your performance on the field as well as in front of the microphone where you are bold and fluent in speech. What you said here I fully agree. At the same time, I believe we are not far away in beating a team (in a test) ranked above us.

  • Nishal on March 20, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    After all, Hera showed his class again in the test series..SL team won majority of ODI matches in Aus. so i think this ODI series quite easy to win too. If Chandimal's poor run in home continues, that should be bad news for SL.

  • Sami on March 20, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Its true weaker teams get the bad end when it comes to decisions. I remember when Pakistan toured Bangladesh in 2011 and an umpire was giving very bad decisions against us which were all clearly wrong i.e. hit on the heltmet. But what I don't understand is why UDRS wasn't used in this series? the match didn't involve India.

  • mohammad on March 20, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    UAETigers SL started to drop those catches just 10 minutes before the stump of day 3.So, how could they beat BD within 3 days while BD was still leading by 52?

  • Adeel on March 20, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    How about 6 drop catches by SL Team in 2nd test!! If they had taken thouse catches the BD team would have lost with in 3 days! Their batsmen played rash and reckless shots and kept getting out! Why they have to jump out of the crease trying to hit bowler for a 6 in test match and throw their wicket! BD Captiain should focus on his team not on decisions!

  • Tiger Singh on March 20, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    The skip Mushfiqur was asked questions and he is only answering them, what is wrong with that????

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    To improve in the team to play test matches should be given more preference than complaing.Any umpire can make mistakes to take decission but should be rectified in future.That will boost up efforts in games.Tiger done well no doubt in this series.Best of luck for odi.

  • Dik on March 20, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke, no one's saying top teams don't get bad calls. But most of the time if it's a 50/50 call, heck even 60/30 call, umpires tend to favor the powerful teams. Not saying umpires do that on purpose. It just happens.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    The idea that it only happens to smaller teams in nonsense. Cooke was given out wrongly five times on the recent tour of India. The ongoing aus tour of India is having two or three errors a day. While drs might offer one or two controversies a series, lack of it leads to so many errors per day that some matches are being decided by umpiring decisions.