BCB to seek clarification from Allan Donald over Shakib Al Hasan remarks
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is poised for a clarification from Allan Donald regarding his remarks about Shakib Al Hasan, who appealed for a timed out decision against Angelo Mathews in their recent match against Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on November 6. Mathews was in the history books as the first international cricketer to be timed out.
Shakib Al Hasan faced substantial backlash from various sources for his actions, with Allan Donald adding his voice to the disapproval. Donald found it disheartening to witness such conduct on the cricket field. He conveyed his dissatisfaction with Shakib and noted a discernible sense of discontent in his demeanour when discussing the incident.
“It was disappointing to see. I can understand Shakib taking his chance. His words were ‘I was doing everything to win’. You can sense in my voice that I don’t like it. My immediate reaction when that happened – and this is just [that] my instincts would have taken over – is I almost actually thought of going on that field and saying, ‘enough is enough, we don’t stand for this; we are not that kind of team who stand for this’. That was my immediate thought,” Donald said during an interview with CricBlog.Net.
BCB officials acknowledged their awareness of Allan Donald’s outburst and affirmed their intention to promptly seek clarification. They underlined their commitment to avoiding any distractions for the team in the lead-up to their crucial match against Australia. “We have seen the news quoting Donald, and we are taking that seriously. We will certainly seek an explanation in the coming days.”
Dismissal which is going to be remembered for very long time
This incident occurred in the 25th over of the Sri Lankan innings, following the departure of Sadeera Samarawickrama. Angelo Mathews, upon reaching the crease alongside Charith Asalanka, broke his helmet strap and promptly signalled to his teammates in the dugout to provide the correct helmet.
As the substitute swiftly arrived with the appropriate helmet, the umpires expressed their dissatisfaction with the proceedings. Bangladesh’s captain wasted no time in lodging an appeal for a ‘timed out’ dismissal. Despite Mathews’ efforts to clarify the situation with both Shakib and the umpires, Bangladesh upheld their appeal, leading to a rare instance of a timed out dismissal in the match.
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