Digital manipulation in 2nd Div League!

Atif Azam | Published: 22:56, Apr 04,2017


In this combo picture of screenshot shows three different scorecards of Kathal Bagan Green Crescent Club innings during their second division relegation play-off match against North Bengal Cricket Academy at Jahangir Nagar University in Savar. — New Age photo

A serious allegation of digital manipulation was raised against Bangladesh Cricket Board in lower tier domestic cricket leagues.
The latest allegation came on Tuesday during a second division league relegation play-off match involving Kathal Bagan Green Crescent Club and North Bengal Cricket Academy at Jahangir Nagar University in Savar.
Kathal Bagan lost the game by seven wickets to be relegated to third division for the first time in 28 years ever since it entered to domestic cricket.
Kathal Bagan officials gave seven leg-before decisions against them during the crucial match but that was not reflected in the scorecard of the game.
New Age took the screen shots of scorecard in three different times which showed six, five and four leg before decisions respectively.
Club manager Abu Selim alleged the number of leg before decisions were shown less deliberately to give an impression that it was a fair game.
‘We are lost for words, don’t know what to say about it,’ he said.
When contacted, the official scorer of the match Habibullah said there was actually five leg-before decisions in Kathal Bagan innings.
‘There could be some mistakes in digital scorecard. But we amended that,’ he said.
The allegation of digital manipulation is not however completely new in domestic cricket.
When contacted, BCB umpires committee in-charge Ovi Abdullah al Noman said they had not received any complaint but will look after the matter if they get one.
‘We have not received any official complaint yet.
‘When there will be complain we will definitely look into the matter,’ said Noman
BCB’s umpire’s committee chairman Nazmul Karim could not be reached for comments as he is currently visiting Sri Lanka.
However, BCB’s umpires committee’s member’s secretary Sailab Hossain said they have not received any complaint from any club.
‘It is unthinkable to see three different scorecards of the same game. We have not received any complaint. If we get the complaint we will look into the matter,’ he said. 

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