Cricket which is often known as gentleman’s game, Shakib al Hasan called off his players after what the Bangladesh team was chasing 160 runs in the final decider game. All the time taking climax happened in the final over, with Sri Lanka requiring 12 runs to win. Isuru Udana was bowling the over, and he started with two short balls. On the second ball, he got Mustafizur’s wicket, and Sri Lankan players started the celebration. Bangladesh players assumed that the square leg umpire had signalled a shoulder height no-ball, which the umpire didn’t give. Angry Shakib directed his players to come off the field. Bangladesh substitute fielders also got into a fight with Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera.
After the drama, there were bound to be celebrations from Bangladesh. They celebrated it by doing the famous ‘cobra dance’(Which is so much popular in Indian Weddings), and Shakib took his shirt off in happiness to a win he was about to call off a few minutes ago. But the celebration took an ugly route when the players got in a verbal argument once again. Tamim Iqbal later revealed that it wasn’t the best of behaviour from his team, but it was something that occurred in the heat of the moment. Shakib too criticised the tense situation for getting the better of him, leading to him losing his temperament.
Shakib clarified his stance in the post-match press conference saying, “The square-leg umpire called a no-ball, and after a discussion they cancelled it. I didn’t think it was the right judgment. I don’t know what happened after the first ball which was a bouncer but after the second ball, the umpire called a no-ball.” Although it was a tough game, at last, we won it. I am thankful to my team, who not only bowled well but also batted well. Now our next task is a victory against India in the final of Nidahas Trophy 2018.