Bangladesh are set to lodge an official complaint to the International Cricket Council (ICC) after accusing South Africa of a "deplorable" series of sledges during a thumping defeat in the first Test.
The Proteas wasted no time in wrapping up a crushing victory on the final day in Durban, with spinner Keshav Maharaj taking 7-32 to bowl Bangladesh out for just 53 runs.
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The paltry total was Bangladesh's second-lowest in their Test cricket history, with the visitors dismissed in only 19 overs as the Proteas tore through their batting line-up.
However, Bangladesh were left fuming at the standard of umpiring from South African duo Adrian Holdstock and Marais Erasmus.
Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told ESPNcricinfo: "We have already lodged one complaint about the umpiring after the ODI series.
"The match referee had initially misbehaved with our manager Nafees Iqbal but then softened when we gave him a written complaint. We will lodge another official complaint about this Test match."
He added: "There hasn't been impartial umpiring in this Test match. It started on the first day. We were held up for half an hour at the start of the game because of the sight screens. We were deprived of the initial advantage.
"To make up this half an hour, they extended the lunch session, instead of starting early, which we usually see. It is definitely at the umpire's discretion, but generally we see them making up for lost time by starting early. These are subtle technical things."
Bangladesh will lodge an official complaint about South Africa's "deplorable" sledging during the Durban Test
The BCB is planning to complain to the ICC about both the sledging as well as the overall umpiring during the game ⤵ #SAvBAN
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 4, 2022
Shakib Al Hasan was not happy with the umpiring in Durban #SAvBAN
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 4, 2022
Bangladesh angry with Proteas' sledging
Yunus went on to accuse Dean Elgar's South African side of crossing the line with its sledges during a frequently tetchy match.
He said: "They surrounded [Mahmudul Hasan] Joy when he went out to bat. They were saying something. He couldn't say anything back since he is a junior player.
"It was deplorable. Instead of controlling the situation, the umpires warned our players whenever we made complaints.
"Sledging definitely took place from both sides, but when they started it and took it overboard, we complained to the umpires.
"It wasn't acceptable. We properly condemn it. We have to accept the umpires' decisions, but the ICC must reinstate neutral umpires."
The issue of sledging sparked plenty of debate on social media, with many suggesting that the Bangladesh players gave it as good as they received it.
What a joke cricket team Bangladesh is. Genuinely one of the worst behaved when it comes to sledging and send offs but the first to complain. Also I hope they realise the umpires get penalised for bad calls by the ICC panel and jeopardise their own careers by making such calls. https://t.co/g2aFTZKaoB
— Rajeev Zaidi (@RajeevZaidi) April 4, 2022
#SAvBAN just heard that Bangladesh is lodging a complaint about umpires. All good, dicisions were shocking.
However, they are complaining bout sledging? Please go see Ebadot's reaction after hitting Erwee with a bouncer. All basis for complaining went out the window there lads
— Daniel (@Daniel47Hugo) April 4, 2022
Sledging is okay but according to the players of Bangladesh South Africa used abusive language, sledging and abusing language is totally different thing.🙏
— Reyadh Karim (@Reyadh_Karim) April 4, 2022
South Africa do dish it out but so do others like Australia in particular..I don't expect players to behave like choir boys but sledging when it goes over the top is unacceptable. Bangladesh have every right to complain..@fh_stephen @joseph_reenel @CullivanPeter @_AQuietLife_
— Paul Atkins (@PaulAtk52540619) April 4, 2022
As a Bangladeshi it is painful to say this but this is a pathetic excuse. If we are saying that sledging was a problem up to the point it made players forget how to bat and made the team succumb to 53 all out, then are we the Bangladesh national team or are we a cricket club U12s
— Arman 🇬🇧🇧🇩(Cricket & Politics) (@Armzn_eastldn) April 4, 2022
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said the return of neutral umpires would provide a more balanced approach to sledging out in the middle.
He said: "Sledging is quite normal, but the umpires didn't seem to notice it. The umpiring in the match is not in our control, but I think the ICC should think about bringing back neutral umpires."
Bangladesh team director Khaled Mahmud also called for the return of neutral umpires after insisting the home side continually got the rub of the green.
“A few decisions went against us, which if they had come our way, we would have probably been chasing 180 runs instead of 270,” he said.
“We of course respect umpires … But to be frank, I saw such inconsistent umpiring after many days.
“Now the whole world has opened up, hopefully the ICC will consider giving neutral umpires.”
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