In the New Zealand vs Bangladesh match, some epic scenes unfolded in the second ODI after Ish Sodhi was bowled out at the non-striker’s end. It was Bangladesh bowler Hasan Mahmud who decided to dismiss the Kiwi player, although the decision was reversed after Bangladesh skipper Litton Das decided to recall the player. While many fans cheered Das for his gesture, the decision was not fully accepted even within the Bangladesh team. The side’s senior batsman Tamim Iqbal even said he found nothing wrong with the non-striker’s dismissal imposed by Hasan Mahmud.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it,” Tamim said after the match that ended in New Zealand’s favour. “The rule is there. If we get someone out, or one of us gets out that way, I don’t think we should react the way people react today.
The dismissal of non-strikers has often sparked debates across the cricketing spectrum. However, Tamim believes that it is the team’s decision whether they want to get a batsman out that way or not.
“I think it is a team decision. We will definitely talk about it after today’s incident. If it is a team decision that we will take wickets this way, we will do that. If we don’t want to take it, we will do not.” Try it. I don’t think it looks good to bring a hitter back after he’s been taken out. Either we take it, or we don’t.’
Elaborating on the subject, the veteran opening batsman said Bangladesh were right to dismiss Sodhi in this manner. In fact, it was the Kiwi star’s reaction that took Iqbal by surprise.
“I think that he [Sodhi] shouldn’t have done that either [left the crease early], he shouldn’t be surprised either. Whether we accept it or not, it’s the team’s decision. I was surprised by his reaction. It’s part of cricket now.
“There’s no need for a warning here. It’s like a bowling out. Maybe the captain felt we weren’t going to take that wicket. So he called him [Sodhi] back. There is no right and wrong. Either you do it, or you don’t. There’s nothing wrong with it either. I think we have to discuss as a team whether we want to do it or not. I think you will see a lot of teams taking advantage of this in the future,” he claimed.
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