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IND vs BAN: Virat Kohli ‘fake fielding’ controversy, Bangladesh to raise ‘umpiring’ issue

Adelaide. Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan has claimed that Virat Kohli did a fake fielding, which was missed by the on-field umpires, following a five-run loss to India in the ICC T20 World Super-12 match on Wednesday. Otherwise Bangladesh could potentially get five penalty runs. Even Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was seen interacting with the umpires before resuming the game after the rain interruption. Now, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to take up the alleged “controversial umpiring” matter at an “appropriate forum”.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, BCB’s President of Cricket Operations, Jalal Yunus said that Shakib had raised the issue of ‘fake fielding’ with the umpires, but they rejected it outright. Talking to reporters after the match, Nurul narrated the incident. He said, ‘We all saw that it was a wet ground. Finally, when we talk about these things, there was also a fake throw. It could have been a penalty of five runs. It could have come in our favour, but unfortunately it also did not materialise.

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According to the report, Jalal said, ‘We have talked about it. You have seen it on TV and everything has happened in front of you. One of them was related to throw throws and we had informed the umpires about the throw, but they refused to take a review saying that they did not notice it. Shakib discussed this a lot with umpire Erasmus and even spoke to him after the game.

Jalal also said that Shakib had requested the umpires to start the game shortly after the rain was interrupted, but the umpires turned it down. He said, ‘Second issue, Shakib had talked to the umpires about the wet ground and they said that he can take some more time and start the game after the ground is dry, but… the decision of the umpires is final and that’s it. The reason is there was no room for argument. There was only one decision whether you would play or not.

Jalal has now confirmed that the BCB intends to raise his concern ‘at an appropriate forum’. “It is in our mind so that we can raise this issue at the appropriate forum,” he said.

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The incident of ‘fake fielding’ occurred in the seventh over during Bangladesh’s chase, when Liton Das played Axar’s ball into the deep off side. As soon as Arshdeep Singh threw, Kohli, standing on point, did a throw to the non-striker on the ball going from him. This did not go unnoticed by anyone present on the field at the time, due to which the on-field umpires Murray Erasmus and Chris Brown did not take any action. Even both Bangladesh batsmen Liton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto did not pay attention to it.

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Law 41.5 of Cricket deals with Unfair Play. This rule prohibits things like intentional distraction, deception or obstruction of the batsman. If an incident is considered a violation in accordance with this rule, the umpire may declare that ball to be a dead ball and award five runs to the batting team.

In the replays, it can be seen that Kohli tried to deceive, Arshdeep’s throw from the deep was going from his right hand side at the same moment he threw a symbolic relay. It is understood that the umpires need to take decisions in real time. The rule is about attempting to deceive the batsmen, not about actually deceiving them.

Tags: Bangladesh, India vs Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2022, Team India

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