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Dhaka Premier League match where bowler conceded 92 off 4 balls to be investigated

Hasan also revealed that the umpires in the local leagues were scared of the directors as most of them are related to several big clubs in Dhaka four-tier league.

Nazmul Hassan
Nazmul Hassan, Bangladesh Cricket Board president with Rubel Hossain. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to investigate on the second division league match between Lalmatia Club and Axiom Cricketers which was held at the City Club ground very recently. A 3 member committee has been formed to investigate the matter after a bowler allegedly conceded 92 runs in 4 legal deliveries on 11th April during the 2nd division clash as a protest to the biased umpiring decisions.

The bowler in question, Sujon Mahmud who was playing for the Lalmatia conceded as many as 65 wides and 15 no-balls in an over as a protest to the horrendous umpiring in the tournament. BCCI president Nazmul Hassan said it was very harmful to Bangladesh cricket and the board’s anti-corruption unit will scrutinise the matter.

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BCB directors Jalal Yunus, Akram Khan and Sheikh Sohel has also assured that they will speak to the captain, coaches and the umpires and submit a report by today. “The BCB’s ACSU looked into the matter of the 4-ball 92 game, and will present their report soon,” Hassan was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo. “We have also formed a three-member umpires’ committee consisting of Sohel, Akram Khan and Jalal Yunus who will report to us in three days about the same incident.”

Even in Dhaka Premier League, the umpiring standards were questioned time and again which made the board set up 3 cameras at each and every venue of the competition. Hasan assured that they will take the same step in the 1st and 2nd division matches in future.

“We said last year that we would do something about the umpiring problem, so this year we fitted three cameras in every Dhaka Premier League venue,” Hassan said. “I haven’t heard any complaints about umpiring so far this year. From next season, we will do a similar thing in the first and second divisions too. We will assess the umpires.”

Hasan also revealed that the umpires in the local leagues were scared of the directors as most of them are related to several big clubs in Dhaka four-tier league.

“We have to strengthen our umpires for the sake of Bangladesh cricket’s future. We won’t reach a right decision if we keep sacking umpires based on complaints. They are, in any case, afraid of the board directors.”

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