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Rousing welcome for Bangladesh WC team

The Bangladesh World Cup team returned home to a rousing welcome by thousands of cricket fans at the Dhaka International Airport on Sunday evening .

Thousand fans with national flags, colourful banners and festoons waited for hours at the airport to greet the players who rose to the quarter finals for the first time in history but faced a defeat to India. The defeat was “unacceptable” to the fans in general since it was dubbed as being “controversial” due to several decisions of the umpires. The Bangladesh Cricket Board also greeted the players.

Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) will arrange a grand reception for the team, for their success in the WC.

In their first group match, Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 105 runs. Rain washed away the second match against Australia, splitting points between the Tigers and the Aussies. In the third match, Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh bad by 92 runs.

In their match against Scotland, Bangladesh showed a matured play, defeating the Scottish by six wickets after chasing down a huge total of 318. The momentum continued against England, when they managed a nail biting 15-run victory against to confirm a spot in the knockout stage.

Later, they faced New Zealand in their last group match.

And in the quarter finals on March 19, Bangladesh was defeated by India to secure a seat in the semis. In the match, much criticised for alleged “ controversial umpiring”, Bangladesh team embraced a huge 109-run defeat to end their world cup journey.

Cricket fans across Bangladesh have been protesting against “umpiring errors” since then.

ICC President Mustafa Kamal, also a minister, castigated the India-Bangladesh match’s umpiring as ‘poor’ .He also said if ICC did not probe the matter and take measures against it, he would step down as its president.However, Kamal’s ministry later issued a media statement terming the news as ‘rumour’. ICC has also termed its president’s comments ‘very unfortunate’.

Country’s State Minister for Sports Biren Sikder has blamed ‘umpiring bias’ He said Bangladesh would complain to the International Cricket Council (ICC) against what is being perceived as flawed umpiring decisions.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, too, has said Bangladesh were made to lose the match. Hasina thinks India would not have been able to defeat Bangladesh had there been no umpiring errors. “There’s nothing to be upset. Everyone has seen how we were made to lose. We will win in the future,” she consoled the players.

Umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould took a “controversial decision” by calling a no-ball on the 40th over. Rohit Sharma was caught by Imrul Kayes at the deep midwicket while trying to pull a full toss delivery from Rubel Hossain. Dar from the square leg held the delivery to be over Rohit’s waist and Gould called it a no-ball. TV replays, however, showed the ball was not over Rohit’s waist by any means.Analysts and former cricketers criticised the decision. Fans in Bangladesh have been protesting against the decision too.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan said that they would lodge a formal complain to ICC.

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