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Shakib’s out too hot to accept

  • Samsul Arefin Khan From Adelaide
  • 7 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Shakib’s out too hot to accept
Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan (left) reacts on umpire Adrian Thomas Holdstock’s decision for his dismissal during the ICC men’s T20 World Cup match against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on Sunday. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh’s journey in the ICC T20 World Cup ended disappointingly on Sunday after they lost to Pakistan by five wickets at Adelaide Oval during their last Group 2 encounter.

The Tigers had a bright chance to seal their maiden berth in the semifinal of the tournament as only a win in the game would be enough to take them through but they failed to demonstrate a memorable performance on the field and conceded their sixth straight defeat to Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.

The defeat, however, didn’t come without controversy as Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s dismissal to Shadab Khan created a lot of buzz not only in the dressing room but also on several other platforms.

The incident took place during the 11th over of Bangladesh innings when Shakib arrived at the crease following the dismissal of Soumya Sarkar.

Bangladesh had already a brilliant start in the game as Najmul Hossain Shanto (54) and Soumya Sarkar (20) took them to a decent position and the onus was on Shakib for the similar finish despite his struggling with the batting form throughout the tournament.

During the penultimate delivery of that over, Shakib came down the track by more than three metres and Shadab bowled a tossed-up delivery and the batsman missed the line of the ball as it fell on his toes.

Shakib was given out after a long wait by on-field umpire Adrian Holdstock and he reviewed it straightaway.

Although the reply clearly showed that the ball touched Shakib’s bat first and then hit his toes but the third umpire Langton Rusere felt that the bat hit the ground first and the ball went straight to his toes and for this reason, he stayed with the original umpire’s decision.

Shakib looked completely stunned following the decision and he had a long chat with both the umpires before he finally left the field with a sorrowful face.

Bangladesh lost momentum in the game following the dismissal of Shakib and had to finish with a mere total of 127-8 which was easily chased by Pakistan at the end.

Bangladesh players – Najmul and Afif Hossain remained mum regarding the incident during the official post-match press conference and Mixed Zone interaction respectively following the game but pacer Ebadot Hossain was vocal during a broadcast interview.

Najmul said that they weren’t focusing on the wicket at that time but they should have played good cricket afterwards.

“I don’t think so, but it was like a tough situation for everyone, but we don’t think that happens normally, but we are not focusing on that wicket. But we could have played some good cricket later on,” Najmul said in the press conference.

Afif also echoed the same sentiment but denied having any acknowledgement of the dressing room at that time.

Meanwhile, Ebadot said that it’s difficult to accept such wrong decisions again and again and termed the loss of Shakib’s wicket a big setback for them in the game.

“See, such things are not acceptable. There were wrong decisions in the last match too. Many of them went against us. If such a decision is made in every match, it is difficult for a team like us to come back. Shakib bhai is one of our most experienced campaigners and it is a big loss for us,” the pacer told a broadcaster after the match.

Meanwhile, the third umpire’s decision came as a real shock for former Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza but he felt that the Tigers should have still scored 150 or close to that total in the game.

“Absolutely shocking decision,” Mashrafe wrote on his official Facebook account.

“70-1 in the first 10 overs and then 57-7 in the next 10 overs. There was a controversy regarding Shakib’s wicket but still, we needed to score 150 or close to that total. It will be extra pressure for the Pakistani batters as they weren’t in good form and failed to chase 133 (131) against Zimbabwe,” he added.

Another former T20 skipper Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted in a sarcastic way.

“Great decision by the tv umpire (with five emojis used to express silliness,” Mushfiqur posted on Twitter alongside a collaged photo of a shocked Shakib and the ultra-edge review of the lbw.