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

Mushfiqur questions Mominul decision

Mohammad Isam in Colombo

March 19, 2013

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Mominul Haque prepares to sweep, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, 3rd day, Colombo, March 18, 2013
Mominul Haque made 37 before being given out caught at short leg © AFP
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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."

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Posted by hystericalnaive 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by NJ_De_Zoysa 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.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed 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.

Posted by British_North_America 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?

Posted by UAETigers 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!

Posted by AdamShadamComment on (March 20, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Masking_Tape 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by covrdrive on (March 20, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

if BD need wins.they should win by playing cricket,not by complaining or by words or by arguing with experienced cricketers on the middle of the pitch like BD fast bawler did on the 4th day.that is what callled disrespectful and immature cricket.that is the meaning of respect in cricket.have anyone seen SL fast bawlers running in to the batsman's face?they have never done that no matter if the opponent is BD or England.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 20, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

@Masking_Tape I salute to your comment.I request everyone to read his comment.Brilliant.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 20, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

Horribly wrong decisions are nothing new against Bangladesh and other lower ranked teams when they play higher ranked teams. Even the opposition coaches like Andy Flower (who played for a lower team himself) agreed to this as England coach when they played against Bangladesh. As for people in this comment section criticizing Rahim for pointing this out, FYI, he isn't the only captain to do so. And he's simply stating a fact, not making excuses. This title is misleading, read the whole paragraph. Whether Bangladesh had won or lost, Mominul was wrongly given out in both the innings. And respect? Really if this takes away your "respect" please, keep it to yourself. Bangladesh doesn't need your respect. They need some wins.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 20, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Lame excuses from BD. I donot think that one decision will change the result upside down. Every now and then BD team or BCB questions decisions after the match. We saw it in Asiacup too.Childish!. They are the visiting team and they could ask for DRS. Is it BCCI opposed DRS being used in neighbouring countries too?!

Posted by srcric on (March 20, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

it is a good excuse to put the blame on the umpires.why doesnt mushfiquer look at their mistakes.sl also got some wrong decisions.even many decisions didnt go on sl way.as an example mushfiquers's lbw not out decision in the second inning to a fast bowler when it stuck on his back leg.but finally he was out to a spinner.there were more.he cant say it only effect BD team.first he should learn to be humble.on the fourth inning BD bowlers were not gentle as they tried to went on SL players by mouth.no one will be a great cricketer as he scored 200 once.he has to be consistant and has to be mature and experienced.it will take time to be a great cricketer,then he can challenge umpires or anyone.tendulkar,jayawardene,sangakkara,kallis,kevin peter didnt born in oneday.it took a long time to register their names.BDs should learn those things.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

SL fans getting it wrong no one saying its SL's fault, amount of bad decision BD gets every test match which we play once every year any team would complain that they had to play with 12 man.

Posted by paps123 on (March 20, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Good thing about Musfiqur is that he is not content with people saying well tried. He wants to win cricket matches and thats how he has made Bangladesh improve in the last couple of years. Questioning umpiring decision may not be right but he does have a right to air his opinion on such matters like DRS. I give credit to him that he very rarely says "we are here to learn" and such other rubbishes unlike most of his predecessors. Good luck to him.

Posted by helloDolly on (March 20, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Mush is not fit to lead a side like BD;he lacks heavily in personality dept;too much complaining and less playing will result in defeats;finding mistakes with umpires is not the key getting all the players together is the key;as you can see during SL tests each BD players were distant from one another there were no team feelings what-so-ever;each player kept on their old favorite shots and got out;a decade and a half of cricket and nothing to show for!Well Done BD keep complaining --- grow up guys crying ain't gonna help!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

@ Arosh Gihan GospelKrayz , this is true. but if sanga's wicket was given out in the earlier time then it would be more important for BD.

Posted by ham1990 on (March 20, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

I find this comment by Mushfiqur as captain of a test side a cop out. Sure decisions went against them and no doubt costs them more than a side like Sri Lanka due to the quality of players all-round. However, every team has had to put up with bad decisions in the past and find ways to get around that. Sri Lanka were not always the side they have been since the 96 World Cup, and they had some terrible decisions go against them against sides like Australia in the past where to say they lost convincingly would be an understatement.

Mushfiqur can complain, but at the end of the day his men need to dig deep and not make excuses. Guys like Tamim, Mushfiqur and Ashraful have to find ways of becoming consistent...the talent is obviously there otherwise people wouldn't care to talk so much about them. This is not the way a test captain should be talking, and he would do better to talk about how they can capitalise on favourable situations in test matches rather than throwing them away.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 20, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

How does DRS help BD? May be a silly observation, but doesnt it work the same for both teams? Quite a strange one from the BD skipper.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

This is very ugly to see that BD always deprived by umpires. Even in the first test some decision was taken against BD batters in the second innings. Mushfiq is absolutely right. We always have to play against a twelve player team. If Sanga's out can be replayed for six minutes after his survival innings then why Mominul's case was not given adequate time? Can SL reply? Very sad.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

It has become a habit of ICC umpires to give poor decisions against Bangladesh. When a bad decision goes against a big team, it does not affect them a lot, because they have many more quality players in the bench to bat. But when it goes against a comparatively weaker team, then it affects a lot. Hence, it's an unfair advantage for the big teams. I know, it's a part of game, but it is not always. I can show that generally the weaker teams have victimized in most cases. The ICC should concentrate on this matter, as people cannot complain after the match.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

Come on Mushi.... Instead of whining about umpiring try to hv more self believe... "It probably happens against all the teams but it matters a lot against a small team like ours". So better focus on the core issue and try and become a strong team instead of crying for DRS only. DRS won't help us winning matches or avoiding defeats on a consistent basis, we hv to do it by ourselves... In fact I guess the way Jahurul n nasir got out should be given hell lot more emphasis than one bad decision. We believe in our team, hope they start believing in themselves...

Posted by hystericalnaive on (March 20, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

This is ridiculous. BD captain is out of his wits and now start complaining these things. I have never ever heard other ICC teams raise questions like this decision didn't go in their favor. Amazing but it just makes a mockery about how BD cricket think about cricket. You win some you loose some in the decision. If the decision went against them then there are decisions which went towards them like Sangakara deciosn. If he had been there, he could have scored another 100 runs or more, given the form he is in. But as Sheldon said once, If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a merry christmas. Seriiously, Mushfiqur ?

Posted by huffpost on (March 20, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

Instead of complaining, Mushfiq should analyse how his side can improve and win a test match. When you lose a test match on 4th day by 7 wickets, how can you call it close. It was a one sided match. BD fans seem to be happy and satisfied with this performance. I guess they got habituated to losing big. Can any BD fan give a time frame for when they will win a test match against a top 8 team. 1 year,2 years or even 5 years???. they simply cant. So it would be better if they stop boasting that theirs is a world class team.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

If there is something really wrong with those decisions then I would prefer an ICC investigation. It has nothing to do with Sri Lanka but surely it has a lot to do with umpiring. Moreover, Cricket needs DRS. It's a technology asset and should be used for making the right decisions.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

Ohh come on.... Grow up BD..

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 20, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Mr.Rahim!!. Why dint u complain when kulasekera trapped u in LBW and not given out by the umpires, which was plumb.

Posted by rony1008 on (March 19, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

While I'd agree weaker teams like Bangladesh are on the receiving end of these bad decisions, Mushfiq would do himself and the team a favor by not talking about those decisions. Never a good idea to talk about bad decisions after the match. Universal DRS would definitely help, but the system is also expensive.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

Intl cricketers with kiddish attitude. Do you ever find such statements from other captains ?

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

I agree with Mushfiq. For folks talking about the Sangakkara call, he would actually score a lot less because one shout in Mahmudullah's bowling was not given when it would be out under the DRS. We are not making excuses for losing the match. We are advocating for DRS because we feel that these decisions usually cost Bangladesh dearly. We don't have bowlers who can come in and get a batsman out the second time if the batsman is let go the first time. And for those criticizing the BD captain, the team has come very far under his watch. BD was playing without Shakib and Masrafee for the record.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

It is A childish act from Bangladeshi Captain He should grow up now and accept the defeat, look at the positive aspects of the team, learn from mistakes and move on

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 19, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

I donno why some people are whining about Mushfiq's comment. He did not giving excuse all he was saying is the fact that hurts Bangladesh. He did not say that BD lost because of those reason he said he could have gave a bigger target to the SL which is true. He also said that decisions like this hurt team like us more as we do not have as good bowler as Sl or Pak. So all he has done is point out some facts and said why we need DRS and where improve. I wonder the people who are whining here even read the whole thing

Posted by OmerKKhan on (March 19, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Bang is still acting like a child after so many years.... I would say grow up. They lost the match in just three & a half days against just a mediocre bolwer Hearath

Posted by ashqarmahi on (March 19, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Dear Mush...you can ask for DRS system but please dont complain against umpiring..it is part of game...some decisions also gone against srilanka..the true fact is we lost the game..we lost the game when we made 240 on the first innings...Except your 40 runs no other batsman scored well from the last test big scorers...but if i judge the series me personally satisfied....first test,whatever the pitch is we have made some records...and on the second test we bowled out SL for 345 when they are chasing only 240...we have made 265 on the second innings which is very rare....we usually score low on the second innings...but the best team won...well done Herath..he is really in his high time...but in the ODI format...be careful srilanka....remember the ASIA CUP before comment against us....and last not least a very BIG thanks to SRILANKA board for inviting us for a complete series...hope next time it will be 3 or more test match series.....Cheers...

Bangladesh!!!!

Posted by Kays789 on (March 19, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

looks like the bangladesh captain is taking a few lessons from his indian counterpart. your team has been playing cricket for close to two decades and the fact that you're still a 'small' team says a lot doesn't it?

Posted by Sadequl on (March 19, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Mushfiqur @ yes ok we accept what ever complains you have against umpires regarding their faults but would you guys be consider enough to judge how poor performances you showed in this 2nd test match, which was suppose to be a 5 days test match & ended up in 3 and half days! Did you find out why boys were in such hurry to get dismissed by Herath all alone or you would say you guys never meet such typed of spinners yet! This is true other circumstances didn't helped BD team that much in test arena from very beginning but we as supporter of BD can not see that much of a differences in performance between the previous test team & the current one cause we are still having almost exact same test defeat by other countries still now & result is almost identical too. Hope you guys would realize the fact of such pain which we fans are caring on for years now for such typed of irresponsible batting at times for a long time now & still we wish you boys all the very best for next match to come.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Pathetic excuse by Bangladesh captain. Sri Lanka were on the receiving end of some bad decisions, but they moved on without complaining. Rahim is losing all the respect as a captain with silly excuses. What's more hilarious was the way Bangladesh fans moaned throughout the match about the outfield costing them 120 runs. Wake up, SL batted in the same ground and, therefore, had to settle into a score less than 400. Also, what's with all the if''s and but's? Sri Lankans could have said what if Sanga had scored another 50-60 runs, what if SL hadn't dropped any catches.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

When Bangladesh performs well, umpires stands as a obstruction on their performance. Decisions goes against them ridiculously. Same thing happens with New Zealand series in BD. Some decisions make BD to loose the match. Now, this is the time for applying DRS system. It is very important like the uprising team Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

But decisions went against SL too though? That's the nature of the game. Heck many would argue that Sanga wasn't out either. Imagine the impact of that for a moment if it had gone in the favor of the Lankans. At the end of the day, there will be many IFs but it won't change the outcome. BD fans and players will be doing themselves a big disservice by focusing on the IFs. They should focus on their weaknesses. Bowling, loose shots at critical moments and overall attitude are areas I would recommend focusing on

Posted by diehardbdfan on (March 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

And one thing nobody noticed maybe. The outfield was freaking fast today.have sl been cutting grass again? Not fair sl!!!!!! Well played bd. Wish shakib was here. He could b danger to sl in rps pitch!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Instant of mushfiqur I will more aggressive about this topic. Mushi is absolutely right. I want to call mushi to say some things about those bad decision. But it was not possible for me. thanks our captain for his true and legal say.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 19, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Mominul looks good with his bat but his defence is poor and don't think he makes a big difference in getting the runs. We still don't have a batsman that can score regular 100s big 100s and instead they want and are happy with 50s. Our players really need to have the right mentality. I want to see Anamul return to the one-day 11 soon.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

someone said that probably 100 more runs were not enough to put Sri Lanka into trouble... well, thats a brave statement considering that in the first innings, 264/4 at one stage with two batsmen batting with centuries, and then all out for 346... thats an addition of 82 runs... cricket is a funny game... one wicket can change the entire complexion of a game... this shouldn't be hard to believe...

and I really don't understand why is it really hard to believe that bad decisions are likely to hurt smaller teams more?.... whose wicket is a bigger prize - a SL top order against BD bowling or a BD top order against SL bowling?.... plz come to your senses.... "If Nasir was around, we could have given Sri Lanka a bigger score to chase." - this isn't an excuse.... this is a post-match analysis... everyone does that when they are asked what went wrong....

Posted by British_North_America on (March 19, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

Ruchiralk I do not think Sanga's out was controversial.The third umpire was Sri Lankan and he took 6 minutes to give him out.Also commentator Bryan Murgatroyd was convinced that it was out.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 19, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

first_slip I was really surprised today to know that Herath is the only third Sri Lankan player to get 200 test wickets.I was even more surprised to know that Vaas took 350 test wickets while Wasim Akram took 500 test wickets.The country which has produced Murali who took 800 test wickets has only three spinners in total who took 200 test wickets?

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 19, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

It's impossible to play error free sport. Decisions went wrong against both teams. Doesn't matter it's against weak #9 BD or Strong #1 SA. BD captain also joined the elite club of captains who make lame excuses. If this, if that, etc. May I express some more if's. If BD bowlers took wickets of SL team at Galle, BD could have win the match. If BD batsmen didn't get out cheaply at Colombo, BD could have win the match.

Posted by wiseshah on (March 19, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

mushfiq didnt say anything wrong. why all wrong decisions goes against weaker team. if one or two decision goes against them, its hard for them to come back. ICC should be more careful and there should be punishment system for umpire too. i am sure mushfiq might lose some match fee for saying this but he is brave enough. i am supporting mushfiq.

Posted by IG123 on (March 19, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

What a moaning minnie. Mominul was lucky in both innings. Lakmal had him plumb lbw in the first innings. He gloved one to Chandimal off Dilshan in the 2nd.

Posted by Narbavi on (March 19, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Lankan fans making fun of Bangladesh's test record, wow how times have changed!!

Posted by Fogu on (March 19, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

If you carefully read what Mushfique said you would notice he was not making excuses. He was saying the wrong decisions hurt weaker teams more than stronger team. He knows his team and understands this well. Weaker teams create fewer chances than stronger teams. That is why they are weaker team. That incorrect decisions makes a big difference for BD. At the end they would have lost the game most likely but it would have been more competitive. However, it makes sense to have DRS available for all matches. It is unfair for one board to hold up the progress. Atleast that would eliminate majority of the errors. Congratulations to SL and well played BD.

Posted by first_slip on (March 19, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

@abcdef_12345, how many test matches bangladesh won after 2010, well let alone 2010, how many tests BD won after getting Test Status? and how many times BD qualified for world cups finals (let alone winning)? why you talking about after Murali? you know what Murali born in sri lanka and he played for sri lanka and won matches for srilanka with the help of other players, murali alone cannot win matches coz cricket is team game, comments like these make how narrow minded you are, Bangladesh will never achive what Sri laka achieved in so far in even they play cricket next 100 years. i know it's hard but you have to live with it ,

Posted by Ebrahim56 on (March 19, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Sri Lankan Players appeal without any possibility of out. They are just nonsense and ICC should ban SriLankan Cricket from international matches.

Posted by Ruchiralk on (March 19, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

abcdef_12345: Sanga had a very long stride forward, the ball would've gone over the top. Sanga's caught behind was conterversial but no Sri lankans questioned that. What about Rahim's LBW today, he was plumb and now one questioned that.

Bangladesh now coming up with excuses after losing big. They are going to lose their hard earned respect by acting this way. Especially their bowlers trying to sledge batsmen is also not really good to see. Respect lost Bangladesh.

Posted by Perera32 on (March 19, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

What about Mushfiqur's LBW when Kulasekara nailed him on the back foot in the 83rd over. That was plumb, no doubt what so ever. Sri lanka would've had a lead less than 100 if that was given out. No Sri lankans are complaining about that here are they? Starting to lose respect for some Bangladeshi players and fans when they start whinging to decisions that make no difference.

Posted by SarfBD on (March 19, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Mushfiqur only said 5-6 lines about that decision. I am sure he also talked about other aspects of the match. But why make such a heading or news? To create a spicy debate? It was a good game and the better and more consistent team won.period.

Posted by SarfBD on (March 19, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Some guys are criticizing Mushfiqur. But first read the whole news, not the headline only. He didn't present it as an excuse. He didn't try to take anything from SL or didn't tried to picture BD as a "very strong team defeated by wrong decision." For you guys, let me copy his words- "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 ". These words are well thought and make sense...

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Oh cmon, don't start whining now, you are just loosing the respect you gained during first test. @Sarowar Saro, seriously you think 250 would have been a hard target to chase, we lost only 3 wickets reaching 160, do you really think sri lanka would lose the rest within 100 runs.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 19, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Uppercut07 Sanga survived a close LBW call in first innings at 81.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 19, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

first_slip on (March 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT) How about the Decision that got against sri lanka (same batsmen not given after caught behind of Dilshan)? do you guys this Mominul going to score 200 and going to win the match for BD? I guess you miss the picture that there was no edge on that ball.And why not before Mushfiq fans like you never got believed that We can score 200 individually.You are really a one..........

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 19, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Bangladesh fought it hard and they desrved to draw the series. Sanga is the difference b/w the two sides as he shows he can play weaker bowling attacks.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 19, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

first_slip If loosing means Bangladesh is not up to international standard then what about Sri Lanka who won only 5 tests including this one after retirement of Murali in 2010?

Posted by bmbexpress on (March 19, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

If we look at the history, BD has played really well in this series. Previous series were all about innings defeats and third day ending. So, quite development this series. But, the batsman should learn to control their temptation. Why don't they look at Sanga's innings on the 2nd day. A pure stroke maker like him waited for long long period for the bad ball and the risk-free shot. I request the BD batsmen to stop throwing their wickets. Most of them have enough class to score big, only the brain-freezing temptation is blocking their way.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (March 19, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

This is exactly the reason why teams like BD will have a hard time ... Captains going to media to complain a certain decision didn't go their way .. blah blah . if you have a problem with decision making then take it up with ICC through their channels .. and Mr.Rahim - do you think the ICC has any time to spend for your case for DRS.. not a hope in hell until BCCI runs the show..

Posted by CRmadrid on (March 19, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Very funny.Like it would have made a difference. Seriously one drawn match and please do not get ahead of yourselves.

Posted by Uppercut07 on (March 19, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

If that's the case, then Sanga is 'notout' as well. Sanga is known to be a 'walker'. If he hit that ball, he wudn't have stuck around. Had some sort of respect for Bangladeshi players. Giving excuses like these will loose the little respect they have from fans of other countries.

Posted by first_slip on (March 19, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

How about the Decision that got against sri lanka (same batsmen not given after caught behind of Dilashan) ? do you guys this Mominul going to score 200 and going to win the match for BD? all these are excuses, truth is Bangladesh team is not up to international Standard, icc should do something about this

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

We have seen lots of wrong decisions in first match as well but this one is most important, because in this match if Bangladesh could set a target of 250 runs then result could be something else. I think DRS should be free for all of the nations. It will be helpful for developing cricketing nations like Bangladesh in their cricket development as we have noticed the Bangladesh cricket development in this series as well. Hopefully ICC will think about this matter.

Posted by indianpunter on (March 19, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Mushfiqur is petulant. He would do well to give credit to SL team and move on to rectify the deficiencies in his own. I am not surprised at all at his outburst. Here is a skipper who castigates team mates on the field, for as much as a misfield. I wasn't wrong about him.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 19, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Wouldn't have made much of a difference those 2 wickets lost in the end yesterday is what damaged us but I just hope Bangladesh learned from this test series who are the right players to pick for next month test series. I'd drop Jahurul, Ashraful and Mahmudullah and have this 11 next month for test matches - Tamim, Anamul, Shahriar, Mominul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir, Gazi, Abul, Rubel and Shafiul...reserves... Nazmul, Robiul, Enamul, Marshall and Naeem.

Posted by Uppercut07 on (March 19, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

If that's the case, then Sanga is 'notout' as well. Sanga is known to be a 'walker'. If he hit that ball, he wudn't have stuck around. Had some sort of respect for Bangladeshi players. Giving excuses like these will loose the little respect they have from fans of other countries.

Posted by bdcric on (March 19, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Very well said; true champ captain you are for BD team. Also very well played test series for you as a captain. I wish some other guys could have been little more patient, thoughtful while batting. M. R., I would suggest you tell your guys the game is actually a lot in your brain. I see how you play with a calm head, and I'm sure it's not easy. Demand individual comprehensive approach/ achievement from all the players, specially top and middle order batsmen. And certainly be confident; it's the combination of attitude and self-belief that will take you there. You guys are very talented, victory/ dominance is just right out there like a flickering light for your team. Stay positive. Only the very best wishes form a BD fan in Washington DC.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (March 19, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

I think Banglas did well, even though Lankans won. I think Sri Lanka will have trouble with the bowling strength they possess

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

IF this IF that.. Wonder if Rahim would have brought this up had they drawn the series.. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Universal DRS s a valid point regardless

Posted by British_North_America on (March 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

Mushfiqur spoke about Mominul.But I am sure the ball which made Mushfiq out did not hit gloves, it hit his elbow.Mushfiqur's expression after given out also said it .The funniest thing is that Nigel Long responded to almost every appeal he faced while most of the appeals were turned down by Illingwoth.Cricinfo please publish.

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