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Shakib urges ICC to back neutral umpires

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 4 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said on Sunday that the International Cricket Council should start providing neutral umpires as the covid situation is under control.

The announcement came hours after a few decisions went against the tourists on the fourth day of the ongoing series between Bangladesh and South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban.

The tourists thought they did in the second over of the day when SA’s Dean Elgar’s defence was beaten by a Mehidy Hasan delivery that drifted in and hit on the back pad but Elgar was given not-out on-field and Bangladesh’s review was unsuccessful on umpire’s call.

Petersen was struck on the back pad by Khaled and Bangladesh appealed. Marais Erasmus gave it not out, Khaled wanted a review but Mominul Haque did not even consider it and replays showed the ball would have gone on 13 at the time.

The Covid era has forced the ICC to use umpires from host countries for international matches since the middle of last year and though the corona is getting under control the decision is still in place.

“I think it’s time for ICC to back neutral umpires as the covid situation is ok in most cricket-playing countries,” Shakib tweeted on his official Twitter account.