Bangladesh known as for the return of impartial umpires in worldwide cricket after claiming “inconsistent” decisions put them at a disadvantage in the first Test against South Africa currently being played in Durban.
Umpires from host countries have been used exclusively since 2020, when the pandemic imposed worldwide travel restrictions.
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South African umpires Marais Erasmus and Adrian Holdstock are standing in the Durban Test, where Bangladesh have been on the wrong end of several close calls in the second innings.
Dean Elgar was given not out on the field by Erasmus in the fifth over after being hit on his back leg, but tracking technology showed the ball only clipping the stumps and so he survived by virtue of “umpire’s call”.
Soon after they efficiently overturned Holdstock’s shocking not out lbw determination in opposition to Sarel Erwee which was proven to be plumb.
Seven overs later Khaled Ahmed was denied an lbw determination in opposition to Keegan Petersen. This time Bangladesh tried to protect their dwindling quota of evaluations and didn’t go upstairs. But replays confirmed it ought to have been given out.
Elgar made 64 and Petersen 36 leaving Bangladesh group director Khaled Mahmud exasperated when he spoke to reporters after play.
“Just a few selections went in opposition to us, which if that they had come our method, we’d have in all probability been chasing 180 runs as a substitute of 270,” he said.
“We of course respect umpires… But to be frank, I saw such inconsistent umpiring after many days.
“Now the whole world has opened up, hopefully the ICC will consider giving neutral umpires.”
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who’s sitting out the match, was amongst a refrain of Bangladeshi social media customers criticising the umpires.
“I feel it’s time for #ICC to return to impartial umpires as Covid state of affairs is okay in most cricket enjoying nations,” Shakib tweeted.
Respected coach Nazmul Abedin, a mentor to many Bangladesh players, was more forthright.
“The umpires are clearly favouring the home team in terms of all the close calls… SHAME !!!” he wrote.
Bangladesh bowled out the Proteas for 204 runs within the second innings on Sunday’s fourth day and want 274 runs to win.
But the vacationers had been tottering at 11-3 on the shut as they chase a primary Test win in opposition to South Africa.
The fifth and ultimate day is on Monday.
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