T20 WC 2024: Bangladesh’s Towhid Hridoy Lashes out at Umpiring Standards in South Africa clash

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Towhid Hridoy

Bangladesh’s batter, Towhid Hridoy, has voiced his criticism of the umpiring standards during their 4-run loss to South Africa in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match. The match, held at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, was marked by a controversial call in the 17th over of Bangladesh’s run chase.

Towhid Hridoy reacts to controversial Umpire’s call

During the over, a ball from South Africa’s fast bowler Ottneil Baartman struck Mahmudullah’s pad and went for four. Initially, Mahmudullah was given out LBW by on-field umpire Sam Nogajski. However, upon review, the decision was overturned. Despite this, Bangladesh was not awarded the four runs for leg-byes as the call by Nogajski was made before the ball rolled onto the boundary due to the dead-ball rule being in play.

This decision had a significant impact on the match outcome, as Bangladesh lost the match by just 4 runs. Many fans felt that the side was robbed of a win. Speaking after the game, Hridoy expressed his dissatisfaction with the umpiring decision, stating, “To be honest, that was not a good call for us in such a tight match. In my point of view, the umpire gave that out but it was pretty hard on us. Those four runs could have changed the match scenario.”

Hridoy’s own dismissal in the match was also a talking point. He was given out LBW on a delivery from Kagiso Rabada, despite replays showing the ball was only clipping the leg stump. The 23-year-old batter admitted that the umpiring standards could have been better in such a close game, especially when they were chasing a small target.

Hridoy acknowledged the fallibility of umpires, emphasizing the significance of small margins in low-scoring matches. He called for improvements in umpiring standards, especially in crucial moments. Reflecting on the close calls, Hridoy stressed the importance of experienced batters finishing matches in such tense situations.

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