NEW DELHI/DHAKA: The anger within the social media community continued to escalate as the mainstream Bangladesh newspapers on Friday criticized the ‘poor umpiring’ in the Cricket World Cup Quarter Final match between India and Bangladesh. There is a nationwide protest against the umpires who of the match who have been accused of being ‘biased’ for Indians.
Several Bangladesh newspapers carried comments from cricket experts accusing the umpiring in the India-Bangladesh match.
The banner lines of different newspapers such as ‘The umpires defeated Bangladesh’ and ‘India, umpires beat Bangladesh in World Cup QF’ highlighting criticism against the umpires has escalated the rage in the country.
A day after several supporters staged protest marches at different parts of the country including the premier Dhaka University campus where they also burnt an effigy of Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar, angry fans continued to extend their anger on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter etc.
The protest followed soon after the defending Champions India reached the World Cup semi-finals with a crushing 109-run win over Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday.
“The controversies which for sure will continue for many more days was whether an umpiring error helped Rohit to score his first World Cup hundred and denied the Tigers from seizing momentum at a crucial stage or whether inform Mahmudullah Riyad was a bit unlucky when he was given out in dubious circumstances,” the Daily Star newspaper commented.
A controversial decision by square leg umpire Dar first annoyed the fans as he called a no-ball for the delivery’s excessive height as Imrul Kayes came forward from deep and claimed a catch of Rohit Sharma.
Former Australian player Shane Warne delivering the commentary at that time stated, “That should have been a wicket. The ball was under the waist.”
Having suffered a line ball LBW review failure in the earlier innings, Bangladesh was unable to call for a review.
Joining the protest with the Bangladesh cricket supporters against the Pakistan umpire, Bangladeshi International Cricket Council (ICC) President Mustafa Kamal stated that if needed, he will resign from the ICC.
Speaking as fan, it appears to me that it (ICC) has become Indian Cricket Council. There needs to be an investigation. A result was forced on us today, he told a private TV channel.
(With Inputs from PTI)