Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan became a victim of a controversial decision by the third umpire in the ongoing Pakistan versus Bangladesh game at the Adelaide Oval. The incident set social media on fire, with experts and fans coming out in support of the Bangladesh skipper, stating Shakib was a sufferer in the LBW dismissal. It all happened during the 11th over of Bangladesh innings bowled by all-rounder Shadab Khan. The Pakistan star had already dismissed Soumya Sarkar and trapped Shakib in front with a flighted delivery.
Shakib was adjudged Leg Before Wicket (LBW) by the umpire although the replys showed a massive spike after the bat hit the ground. Despite reviewing the umpire’s decision, Shakib received no help from the third umpire as the Bangladesh captain took the long way back to the pavilion in the 11th over. Shakib’s dismissal in the virtual quarter-final has courted a fresh controversy at the T20 World Cup.
Aakash Chopra reacts to Shakib Al Hasan’s controversial LBW dismissal
Meanwhile, cricket fans on social media unleashed heavy criticism of the Pakistan team, expressing their disappointment. At the same time, prominent cricket figures like former India opener Aakash Chopra also felt Shakib was not out. Chopra took to his official Twitter handle and mentioned that the bat’s shadow suggested the bat didn’t touch the ground.
“Shakib’s bat didn’t touch the ground at all. Just focus on bat’s shadow. There was a spike. It couldn’t have been anything else except the ball hitting the bat. Bangladesh at the receiving end of a poor umpiring decision. #PakvBan #T20WorldCup,” Chopra tweeted.