Melbourne: Rage in social media continued to mount as mainstream Bangladeshi newspapers on Friday castigated the “poor umpiring” in the World Cup cricket quarterfinal match with India, reflecting a nationwide anger against umpires’ alleged ‘bias’ for Indians.Most Bangladeshi newspapers carried comments of cricket connoisseurs criticising the umpiring in the Bangladesh-India match to justify the protests with mass circulation Samokal newspapers carried a banner headline saying “The umpires defeated Bangladesh”.
“India, umpires beat Bangladesh in World Cup QF,” read another headline carried by the Dhaka Tribune.
Students at the Dhaka University campus where they also burnt an effigy of Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar. “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,” a newspaper commented.
A controversial decision by square leg umpire Dar first outraged 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.
Later Mahmudullah Riyad’s catch at the boundary rope by Shikhar Dhawan was referred to the third umpire. Mahmudullah was given out at Dhawan’s boot did not touch the rope, felt the TV umpire. However, this was not taken in the spirit of the game by the Bangladeshi fans