Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is going to lodge a complaint to the International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council regarding the collision between Mahmudullah Riyad and Aizaz Cheema during the closing stages of the Bangladesh-Pakistan Asia Cup final on Thursday.
“We’ll lodge a written appeal to the ACC very soon and will also give a copy to the ICC,” BCB cricket operations chairman Enayet Hossain Siraj reportedly said, adding: “As per rules, we should have been awarded five runs as penalty and the ball should have been declared dead. We have seen umpire [Ian Gould] warning Cheema, but it is unclear to us why he did not declare it as dead-ball and award us the runs.”
The incident happened off the first ball of the final over in the Bangladesh innings when the Pakistan paceman blocked the path of Riyad when he had tried to take a second run after the ball had gone to third-man. It ended up as just a single and the Tigers required eight runs off five balls at that stage.
“In that case, we would have required only four runs off six balls. We have footage which clearly shows that the bowler in question created an obstacle to Riyad,” Siraj added.
Umpire Steve Davis had a talk with the batsman and bowler though it was evident that Riyad had protested immediately.
BBN/SSR/AD-25Mar12-1:40 am (BST)