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Saturday, March 21, 2015

men do not cry ! .... Bangladesh protests Umpiring decisions calling them 'pre-arranged'

India has so far played classic Cricket and deservingly in the Semi finals – in fact – it boils to top 4 of the World.  India has bowled out its opponents in all the 7 matches in this World Cup.  

Men generally do not cry and anyway cries do not take teams anywhere.  In Sept 2006, Andre Agassi walked off the court the way he wanted, to a champion's ovation.  A career for the ages came to a close with Agassi worn down and wincing, losing to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 in the third round at the U.S. Open. Betrayed by a creaky body that needed four injections this week, his spirit never waned, Agassi was seen weeping inconsolably ….

Bangladeshi politician Kamal's ICC role is largely ceremonial since cricket's world governing body updated its constitution a year ago. He has nonetheless threatened to resign over the decisions taken by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould in the match which finished in a 109-run win for India. Kamal implied the result was a foregone conclusion, and that world cricket is being run for the benefit of its superpower India.  The International Cricket Council has described the remarks of its own president Mustafa Kamal as 'very unfortunate', and insists its umpires' 'integrity cannot be questioned'.  Mustafa Kamal politicised and is at the centre of a row making unsavoury remarks on umpiring decisions in the match that Bangladesh lost to India by a big margin.  Rubel displayed ugly emotions when Kohli got out …

Rohit Sharma was reprieved as he neared his century when a no-ball was called because of the height of the delivery; then Shikhar Dhawan,  catching Mahmudullah is also criticised as a marginal call.  ICC chief executive David Richardson has responded with an emphatic dismissal of Kamal's insinuations. 'Any suggestion that the match officials had 'an agenda' or did anything other than perform to the best of their ability are baseless and are refuted in the strongest possible terms.' 

World Cup umpires have been left seething over an attack on their integrity by one of the International Cricket Council's most senior figures, and could take what would be extraordinary legal action against one of their own.  Privately, the umpires – Englishman Gould and Pakistan's Dar – were furious, believing the remarks to be defamatory. The option of whether to sue Kemal over the post-match spray was discussed. Kemal, a former Bangladesh Cricket Board president, assumed the ICC presidency from New Zealand's Allan Isaac last June. The position is largely ceremonial. Kemal said he would raise his complaint with ICC management.

Umpiring mistakes do happen….  In the first match of this WC, James Taylor was denied a maiden international century by an umpiring error.   In Feb 2012, India tied with Sri Lanka in the One dayer at Adelaide, but their 30th over contained just five deliveries.  In Jan 2008 Umpire Steve Bucknor  at Sydney in the 2nd Test, had reprieved Andrew Symonds after he got a huge nick off Ishant Sharma, chose to help the all-rounder again by spotting a non-existent edge off Dravid's bat. The Test was also marred by poor umpiring from Mark Benson, who didn't give Ponting out caught behind, and third umpire Bruce Oxenford, who didn't rule Symonds out stumped. In 2011, in a cruel joke on the Indian skipper MSD, the third umpire officiating in on the first day of the second Test at the Kensington Oval - Gregory Brathwaite - was shown a wrong replay of Fidel Edwards' delivery stride after he dismissed Dhoni off a delivery.  On-field umpire Ian Gould asked for confirmation of his decision that the delivery was a no-ball, but the host broadcaster made a silly mistake and showed the umpire a different replay, of another delivery from Edwards, which naturally wasn't a no-ball.  So,  Brathwaite wrongly judged Dhoni out caught at mid-on in the 59th over of India's first innings. Upon review, IMG Media - the host broadcaster - admitted to ICC that the delivery that led to Dhoni's dismissal should indeed have been called a no-ball.

All these were at best [at worst] blunders on field, none blamed the system or said they were pre-arranged.  The match is not happening in India, the Umpires are not Indians.  Aleem Dar is from Pakistan and IJ Gould is from England.   The TV Umpire - SJ Davis was born in London and is an Australian.  Incidentally, Steve Davis [along with Simon Taufel] was thre at Lahore when terrorists spilled bullets.  The match referee was Roshan Mahanama from Sri Lanka and Reserve Umpire was Paul Reiffel, Australia. 

Incidentally, that incident [waist high no ball] occurred in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain.  India made 302/6 – 6 only, not all out.  At the 3nd of over 39, Indians were 194/3 – a run more than what Bangladesh eventually totalled.  Had Rohit been given out, for sure, other batters would have continued – it is not as though, Indians would have been bowled out !  People cannot hide their disappointments nor digest losses ! – tend to display emotions…

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

21st Mar 2015

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