Endorsing the remarks made by ICC’s Bangladeshi President Mustafa Kamal, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stated that India won the World Cup Quarter-Final against her country because of umpires.
Hasina reportedly said that India would not have been able to win against Bangladesh if there were no umpiring errors.
Mustafa Kamal on Friday threatened to resign over the ‘foul umpiring’ as he alleged in the Indian-Bangladesh Quarter-Final match suggesting that the match appeared to be fixed.
Following the Bangladesh’s defeat on Thursday in Melbourne, Mustafa Kamal told the Bangladeshi media that he would take the issue to the next meeting of the ICC, stating that the decisions given by umpires seemed to have been ‘pre-arranged’.
“As the ICC President, whatever I have to say I will say it in next meeting. It could happen, that maybe I will resign,” Kamal said in comments aired on Bangladeshi television.
“There was no quality in the umpiring. It looked like they took the field after it (the outcome) was pre-arranged,” he further accused.
The comments from Kamal came after a massive protest erupted in Bangladesh following the cricketing minnows suffering a 109-run defeat by India.
People in Bangladesh were furious over the decisions given by the umpires who according to them favoured the Indian Cricket Team in both the innings (India and Bangladesh). While India was batting, Rohit Sharma was caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Rubel Hossain when he was on 90. However, he continued playing and scored 137 runs as umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould signaled it as a no-ball for what appeared to be a reasonable waist-high delivery.
Also the Bangladeshi fans were furious at the dismissal of their star player Mohammad Mahmudullah who was caught close to the boundary rope at the time Bangladesh batted.
This was one of the biggest matches in the history of cricket, marking that this was the first time that the Bangladesh team had made to the World Cup Quarter Finals.
While many fans wept soon after the defeat, several protestors on roads burned the effigy of Dar hailing from Bangladesh’s big rival, Pakistan.
The exit of Bangladesh from the ICC World Cup 2015 dominated the front-page headlines yesterday where the writers directly blamed the ‘shoddy umpiring’ for the defeat.
“The dream run ends in umpiring scandal,” read one of the daily Bengali circulations in Bangladesh.