While there is no denying the fact that Bangladesh cricket team has hogged the limelight in recent years for their remarkable performance in international cricket, one cannot disagree with the fact that they have also grabbed the headlines for their on-field conducts. The ODI series win against India, Test match win against England and most recently the march to the semifinal of the Champions Trophy have been somewhat soured with their ugly confrontations with the opposition players, ungentlemanly sendoffs and much more.
A similar incident was witnessed on day 3 of the ongoing Test against Australia in Chittagong. While some can argue that the incident was done just out of fun but it is bound to raise questions on how far the players can go on a cricket field by calling it fun as Nasir Hossain gave a never-seen before send-off to Pat Cummins.
It all began when Cummins did not offer a shot to a Mehidy Hasan delivery and consequently the ball hit him on the back of his leg. As expected, the fielders went up in unison but umpire Nigel Llong gave his decision in the favour of the batsman only to see the hosts reviewing the decision. Replays showed that the ball was well on course to shatter the stumps and Llong had to overturn his initial decision.
However, when Llong signaled that his decision was overturned and raised his finger to adjudge the batsman out, Nasir, who was standing next to him, did the similar gestures and almost in sync with the on-field umpire.
Here is a clip of that incident:
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Speaking on the incident after the day’s play, David Warner said: “I wasn’t watching, so I don’t know much about that. It’s one for obviously the umpires to look at and deem if it was a send-off or not. From my past track records I know that the heat can get to you sometimes. I’m not making excuses for him, but yeah.”