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Shadman: Not taking review was my decision

  • Published at 02:44 pm February 3rd, 2021
Bangladesh's Shadman Islam plays a shot during day one of their first Test against the West Indies in Chittagong Wednesday AFP

Shadman scored 59, his second half century of a fledgling Test career, both against the same opponents, before he was adjudged leg before off left-arm spinner Warrican

Bangladesh batsman Shadman Islam made a well-constructed half century to give his side slight advantage on the opening day of their first Test match against the West Indies at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city, but his decision of not taking a review became the talk of the day.

Shadman scored 59, his second half century of a fledgling Test career, both against the same opponents, before he was adjudged leg before off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican. 

The replay suggested the ball would comfortably miss the leg stump but both Shadman and his experienced partner Mushfiqur Rahim thought it was in line with the trajectory of the stumps and did not go for a review although they had all three reviews intact.

“We should have taken the review. But when I missed the ball I thought it was going to hit the stump. Mushfiq bhai asked me what happened. I said I feel it was on line. So, we decided not to take a review,” said Shadman through a video message after the end of the day’s play.

The left-handed batsman thinks the wicket was easy to bat on and that the Windies spinners failed to trouble him.

But he felt himself and a couple of his teammates lost their wickets cheaply.

However, he is of the opinion that overnight batsmen Shakib al Hasan and Liton Das have settled in and will navigate the side to a big total.

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Posted by Sports Tribune on Wednesday, 3 February 2021

“The wicket was a good one for us but we lost too many wickets. We lost them for our own lacking. I hope Shakib bhai and Liton will produce big scores as they looked settled,” said the southpaw.

Bangladesh ended the day on 242/5 with Shakib and Liton not out on 39 and 34. 

Shakib, who returned to Test cricket for the first time after serving his one-year ban imposed by ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches, looked solid on the crease while Liton looked fluent.

But Warrican, who was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, said they have very good chances of taking control of the match on day two by picking up the remaining wickets and batting with discipline. 

“It was a very good day for me in the office. I got three vital wickets. Hopefully I can benefit the team with more wickets,” said Warrican through a video message after the end of the day’s proceedings.

“I won’t say it (pitch) had a lot of assistance. I got some balls to turn but it wasn’t turning consistently. I had to be disciplined and bowl the ball in the right areas.

“The Bangladesh batsmen play spin very well so we had to be very much disciplined and set the right fields. We stuck to the basics and just made sure I bowled in good areas and challenged the batsmen. “The plan is to get some wickets and hopefully bowl out Bangladesh as quickly as possible by restricting them under 300, and bat well as a unit,” added the optimistic 28-year old.

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