Cricket Diplomacy Gone Wrong! - Bangladesh Were Made to Lose Against India, Claims PM Hasina


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina blamed umpiring decisions for the loss of Bangladesh's world cup quarter final to India. Everyone has seen how the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side was made to lose, she said.

PM Hasina called Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan and greeted the players on the phone during a function held by Bangladeshi expatriate in Melbourne for the national team.

"We would have won if the umpires did not give wrong decisions. Inshaallah, Bangladesh will win in the future. Bangladesh will become world champions someday," Hasina said when Hassan connected a loudspeaker to the phone.

She praised the cricketers for their performance in the tournament and hoped they would be able to carry forward the momentum they had in the World Cup.

Hasina told captain Mortaza and his boys not to be upset.

"There's nothing to be upset. Everyone has seen how we were made to lose. We will win in the future," she was quoted as saying by BD News.

Bangladesh were handed a 109-run thrashing by India in the quarterfinal match at the MCG. The only dramatic moment in what was otherwise a clinical Indian performance was when centurion Rohit Sharma got a close no-ball reprieve.

Rohit was on an individual score of 90 and team total on 196 in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain when a marginal 'no-ball' call went in favour of the Indian opener. Rohit went onto add another 47 runs in quick time to help India go past 300-run mark.

Ian Gould was the umpire who adjudged Rubel's full-toss as waist high 'no-ball' with Rohit being holed out at deep mid-wicket boundary. However, TV replays showed that it was a real touch-and-go situation which could have gone either way.

BCB has said it will protest the umpiring in its report to the ICC.

Protests erupted in Bangladesh after the loss with fans voicing their displeasure with the umpiring. Bangladesh captain Mortaza had also expressed his displeasure at a few decisions going against his side.

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