Towhid Hridoy BAN

Bangladesh batsman Towhid Hridoy expressed his disappointment with the umpiring decisions that went against his team in their narrow 4-run defeat to South Africa in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Hridoy, who played a crucial knock during the chase, was particularly frustrated with a leg-bye call that was denied due to a preceding LBW review. The on-field umpire adjudged the veteran batter Mahmudullah Riyad out LBW, a decision that Bangladesh successfully overturned through DRS (Decision Review System). However, according to the rules, since the initial call was out, no leg-bye runs could be awarded despite the dismissal being overturned.

“To be honest, that wasn’t a good call,” Hridoy said at the post-match press conference. “Those four runs could have changed the match scenario.” He further highlighted some missed wide calls that could have benefited Bangladesh’s chase.

“In this kind of a venue where low-scoring matches are taking place, one or two runs are a big thing,” Hridoy lamented. “They also didn’t give wides which were wides on a few occasions.”

Bangladesh fell agonizingly short of the target of 114 set by South Africa, ending their innings at 109/7. The close defeat leaves their qualification hopes in the T20 World Cup hanging by a thread.