Shahid Afridi crying foul after Pakistan’s T20I loss to Bangladesh
Well, it has become an emerging trend that every now and then, any mistake committed by the umpire is inflated in a very high proportion just to justify the stand of the team losing the match. Recently, Bangladesh cricket team had thrashed visiting Pakistan cricket team by winning all 3 ODIs.
Now Bangladesh cricket team has also defeated Pakistan in the only T-20 match of the tour. As we all know Pakistani cricket team holds a much higher rank against Bangladesh in the ICC ranking and perhaps this has become the reason that the Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has criticised umpiring decisions after their seven-wicket loss to Bangladesh on Friday.
It is worthwhile to highlight that Bangladesh had registered their maiden win over Pakistan in T20Is at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. In that match, Shahid Afridi was given out caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim off Mustafizur Rahman. However, many of the viewers had observed that the decision was not appropriate. But bdnews.24 com reported that replay suggested no edge had materialized but the ball seemed to get a slight deviation after going past the bat.
Shahid Afridi, who happened to be one of the key players of Pakistani cricket team that had won World T-20 title in 2009, said, “I just told him (umpire) that I wasn’t out in my opinion. But people make mistakes. The match referee must have seen it. So ICC is watching this.”
He further added, “Not just one decision, two (or) three decisions were wrong. A single decision can change the fate of the match.” The umpires in question were Bangladesh’s Anisur Rahman and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid.
Afridi, who had already scored 12 off 9 balls, desperately wanted a review but walked back disappointed as it was unavailable. He clarified, “I didn’t attend meeting with the match referee, so I didn’t know if the DRS (Decision Review System) was available.”
In view of this, an interesting equation emerged when Bangladesh has taken a lead in the ODI’s and in the only T-20. It will also be interesting to see as to who will win two Test matches to be played in Khulna (April 28-May 2) and Mirpur (May 6-10).
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