New Delhi: The furious Bangladeshi cricket fans, who are blaming poor umpiring for their country's loss to India in the quarter final stage of World Cup, have found support from none other than their Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has stated that she is in full support with ICC president from Bangladesh Mustafa Kamal's statement that India won the World Cup quarterfinal against Bangladesh because of umpires.
Sheikh Hasina reportedly said that India would not have been able to defeat Bangladesh, had there been no umpiring errors. Earlier, Kamal, a former president of Bangladesh Cricket Board, had said that the on-field umpiring during the quarterfinal clash in Melbourne, which his country lost by 109 runs, was "very poor".
Meanwhile BCCI did not make any strong reaction but only said that Kamal should raise the issue in the ICC meetings. "The ICC President (Kamal) has raised many important issues. He should raise the issue at the ICC meetings," BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said.
The bone of contention was a close no-ball reprieve that centurion Rohit Sharma got during the game. Rohit was on an individual score of 90 and team total on 196 in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain when a marginal 'no-ball' call went in favour of the Indian opener. He went on to add another 47 runs in quick time to help India go past the 300-run mark.
Pakistan's Aleem Dar was the umpire who adjudged Rubel's full-toss as waist high 'no-ball' with Rohit being holed out at deep mid-wicket boundary. However, TV replays showed that it was a real touch-and-go situation which could have gone either way.