Tempers run high as Bangladeshi captain asks players to leave field in Sri Lanka


Friday night’s match between the hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa stadium was marred by incredibly dramatic developments as the visitors threatened to boycott the match.

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Photo: AFP

Angered by controversial umpiring decisions, the Bangladeshi captain Shakib-al-Hasan was seen animated at the touchline while asking his batsmen, Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain, to walk off the field. What caused the tempers to run high were couple of controversial umpiring decisions. Shakib was unhappy after Mustafizur Rahman missed two bouncers from Isuru Udana.

TV replays showed that both deliveries were above shoulder-high and should have been declared no balls. Bangladesh needed 12 runs off four balls when the pandemonium marred the match causing a brief stoppage in play.

Such was the tension that a Bangladeshi substitute was seen clashing with Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera. The second bouncer by Udana had resulted in the run-out of the Bangladeshi players. After a brief halt in the match, the match resumed and Bangladesh pulled off a sensational win one ball to spare. Few Sri Lankan players were seen agitated after their team’s loss. Tamil Iqbal, who was the pick of the batsman, was seen pacifying the Sri Lankan players after the match.

After match was over, the photo of the damaged Bangladeshi dressing room went viral. Match referee Chris Broad has taken a dim view of the development after having reviewed the video footage of the damaged dressing room. Broad is also reported to have spoken to few catering staff, who saw the players responsible for damaging the glass of the dressing room.

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Photo of smashed dressing room glass: (ESPN Cricinfo)

Bangladesh will now face India in the final of the tri-series. However, it remains to be seen what actions will be taken against both Bangladeshi captain and the Sri Lankan players by the match referee, Chris Broad.


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