Bangladesh U19 side were facing Sri Lanka in a Youth ODI in Dambulla, where a weird controversy hogged all the limelight. The umpire did not allow a Bangladeshi bowler to take guard and roll his arm over for a weird reason, which got the entire team infuriated. Almost the entire support staff came in to question the umpire’s decision and managed to create havoc.
In the 43rd over of the second innings, with Sri Lanka needing 20 runs for a win and Bangladesh needing 3 wickets, the game was set to enter an intricate phase. However, this was the time when one of the Bangladesh bowlers had to take a break and came back into the ground after a little delay. Images of the players and coaches surrounding the umpire to question him were circulated on social media.
The MCC rules state that a bowler has to be on the field as long as he was off it. This was the reason why the Bangladeshi bowler wasn’t allowed to take charge. Bangladesh ended up losing the game, which went close but the Lankans managed to knick it right at the end.
The Tigers had posted 184 runs batting first, with Ashikur Zaman scoring a half-century whilst Vinuja Ranpul and Raveen de Silva picked up 3 wickets each for the Lankan side. Shevon Daniel chipped in with a crucial 117-ball 85 and remained unbeaten. Just as he was running out of partners, he added a crucial stand for the 8th wicket with Wanuja Sahan, who oversaw the danger and took their side home.
Bangladesh players’ behavior in news, not for the first time
This isn’t the first time Bangladesh U19 players’ behavior was in question. In the U19 World Cup final in 2020, when they defeated India by narrow margins, some fights erupted between both sets of players right after the game had finished and some of their players were spotted celebrating in the face of the dejected Indian cricketers.
The Next edition of the U19 World Cup will take place in West Indies and will involve 16 teams.