Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is disappointed with the ‘bias’ of the South African umpires in the Durban Test.
Seven of the on-field umpires’ seven decisions had to be changed in the review until captain Dean Elgar’s lbw out in the second inning.
South African umpires Marai Erasmus and Adrian Holdstock are the on-field umpires for the Durban Test.
Erasmus is a member of the ICC Elite Panel. He is playing in the 61st Test of his career. He also won the ICC Umpire of the Year award last year. Erasmus gave five of the seven decisions the on-field umpires had to change in the Durban Test.
Holdstock is in charge of the seventh Test of his career. He had to change two decisions in the innings.
Until the 44th over of South Africa’s second innings, there have been four umpire calls in the LBW review, all three of which went against Bangladesh. Bangladesh got two of the three wickets in the second innings with the review, but if they had taken the review, Bangladesh could have got at least another wicket.
Bangladesh got the wicket of Dean Elgar with review. Shortly after Elgar’s wicket, Shakib wrote on his official Twitter account: “I don’t think the situation is normal in most of the cricketing countries. The ICC should bring back a neutral umpire now.”
Before the epidemic coronavirus infection, the two on-field umpires who conducted Test matches were from neutral countries, the same number in ODIs. However, due to Corona, the ICC relaxed that rule and started conducting matches with local umpires. However, in countries like Bangladesh where there are no ICC elite panel umpires, there is usually a neutral umpire.