Shakib’s controversial dismissal of Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews Monday’s three-goal victory became one of the biggest highlights of this year’s World Cup.
The result was overshadowed by Mathews becoming the first player in the 146-year history of major international cricket to be timed out after Shakib’s appeal, which the Tigers skipper refused to withdraw.
Mathews was given out after going over the two minutes the incoming batsman was supposed to hit when he tried to secure a broken helmet strap.
Bangladesh bowling coach Allan Donaldwho is set to leave his post when his contract expires after the World Cup, was unhappy with the dismissal, telling the CricBlog website: “I think it really overshadowed Bangladesh’s clinical performance. I’m still a bit shocked about it.” to be honest.
“It’s just my values as a person and as a cricketer,” added the 57-year-old former South African fast bowler.
However, Hathurusingha said on Friday: “I don’t think it (the row) will stop there, whatever I say. All I can say is that it is one of the ways of dismissal.
“My suggestion is to leave it up to the referees, I don’t think you should leave it up to the players to appeal and all that.”
The win over Sri Lanka came too late to save Bangladesh’s hopes of a semi-final berth. The team had lost six of their eight group matches before Saturday’s clash in Pune against Australia, already in the last four.
And they will have to face the five-time champions without Shakib, who will be making his fifth World Cup appearance after breaking his bat against Sri Lanka.
The spin-bowling all-rounder could now play the last World Cup match of his career as he turns 40 in 2027 in South Africa.
“We were spoiled,” Hathurusungha said. “We’ve had him for a long time, when you have someone of Shakib’s caliber as your number one all-rounder, it’s two players in one… It’s difficult (to replace him in the side).”
Saturday’s match could also mark the exit from the World Cup for fellow veterans Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, with Hathurusingha saying of the trio: “They were the best of Bangladesh cricket in the short journey of Bangladesh cricket.
“If they decided to quit, it’s a change (handover) of that kind of thing.”
Bangladesh are currently eighth in the table, the last place in the Champions Trophy 2025 qualifiers in Pakistan.
But Hathurusingha said his only aim was to try and beat Australia.
The former champions won their sixth game in a row at the Mumbai tournament on Tuesday after Glenn Maxwell’s spectacular unbeaten double century took a dramatic three-wicket win over Afghanistan after they collapsed to 91-7.
“They are the most successful team in the history of the World Cup,” Hathurusingha said.
“They started slowly, but they have already qualified. It is a big challenge to play against them.”
(With inputs from AFP)
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