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Bangladesh calls for neutral umpires after poor umpiring in Durban Test

Update : 06 Apr 2022, 10:13

Bangladesh has already filed one complaint concerning the umpiring through its tour of South Africa, as they lost the 1st Test of the two-match series against South Africa by 220 runs on Monday.

Bangladesh cricket team aims to win their maiden Test series against South Africa as key players of the Proteas are missing.  They made several successful lbw appeals during South Africa’s second innings on Sunday. But  the South African umpires ignored their on-field grievances, allegedly showing a bias towards the home team.

Bangladesh Cricket Board opted for a review when opening batter Dean Elgar was given not out by field umpire Marais Erasmus in the fifth over after being hit on his back leg. But the South African captain survived on umpire’s call as ball-tracking showed that the ball was only clipping off stump.

Then, in the 19th over of the innings, Bangladesh successfully overturned Adrian Holdstock’s not-out decision for an lbw against Sarel Erwee.

In the 26th over, medium bowler Khaled Ahmed was denied an lbw decision against Keegan Petersen. Bangladesh didn’t take that review but replays showed that it would have hit the stumps and been called out had they taken the delivery upstairs.

BCB cricket operations chief Jalal Yunus was also concerned with how the umpires treated the Bangladeshi players when they appropriately complained about the sledging.

The first Test is underway in Durban, where the game was in the balance at the start of Day four as South Africa began their second innings with a 69 run lead. Bangladesh managed to bowl out South Africa for 204 runs with sufficient time to chase 274.

Speaking after the match, Bangladeshi captain Mominul Haque said the umpires failed to manage the sledges from the opposition.

Khaled Mahmud, team director and former Bangladesh captain called the umpiring in the Durban Test "inconsistent". He further said that Bangladesh could have been "chasing 180 instead of 270" had the decisions gone their way.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan, who left the ongoing series after the white ball leg and did not participate in the Test series due to personal reasons, shared his opinion on Twitter and suggested ICC to go back to neutral umpires as the Covid-19 situation is under control in most countries.

Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar also pointing out that many umpiring decisions had not gone in their favour throughout the game.

"Since Covid protocols are all but over, we should go back to neutral umpires. Umpires make mistakes, but definitely, neutral umpires ensure everyone gets the advantage. We have seen that on and off in this series. The DRS is certainly helpful, but the umpire's call isn't really going in our favour." he added.

The second Test will begin on April 8 in Gqeberha.






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