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Brathwaite: Every 50-50 decision went against us

  • Published at 11:44 pm December 22nd, 2018
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The West Indies' Carlos Brathwaite remonstrates with match referee Jeff Crowe during their third T20I against Bangladesh in Mirpur Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Carlos Brathwaite informed that a few decisions went against the Windies, and that they duly raised their concerns to the officials

The West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite praised his young team for showing character and clinching a comprehensive 50-run win during the T20I of the series,, despite some decisions going against them.

Two no balls were called against pacer Oshane Thomas during the fourth over, which were called incorrectly, and play was stopped for eight minutes after the incident. 

Later, play resumed and the Windies took regular wickets before sealing the convincing win.

“We were 88 in the Powerplay. It goes to show that if we have positive intent to back your ability and play good cricket shots, you can end up with massive scores in the first six overs. As a bowling unit we were under the pump a bit. But what was most impressive was how we kept our resolve after everything that happened. How we came back out, settled ourselves and then took the opposition wickets. It was a top team effort by all the players involved,” said Brathwaite after the match.  

“For a young group of guys who are often talked about playing bad shots or bowling the wrong delivery because of inexperience, I think they showed the character. I must congratulate a fantastic bunch of young players. They are inexperienced at this level, but with a lot of maturity and heart,” he added.

Brathwaite informed that a few decisions went against the Windies, and that they duly raised their concerns to the officials.

“I went to the match referee (Jeff Crowe) after the second game. I didn’t think the 50/50 decisions were going in our favour. Those decisions went for Bangladesh. I never ever want to accuse someone of cheating. I will stop short of that. They are professionals as well. I don’t think they would go out there to be biased or, for lack of a better word, cheat,” the West Indies skipper said.

“I didn’t accuse them of cheating but I made my point clear to the match referee that every 50-50 decision in the ODI series and T20I series up to that point went against us. Traditionally, we haven’t (played) the best cricket, whether with red or white ball. But I found that every time I have been playing for the West Indies, the decisions have hampered us,” he added.

Brathwaite then explained what actually happened when on-field umpire Tanvir Ahmed made the second wrong no-ball call against Thomas in the fourth over.

“It happened earlier in the fourth over so a point needed to be made. They are young guys and I can’t ask them to fight that fight. If anything comes back, it should be on me. I am the leader of the ship. I just asked to stay put, stay as a team. Let me address the fourth umpire and the match referee. Obviously it was a bit hostile and emotional. We are fighting for our countries, but it was respectful. I was just asking the rule,” Brathwaite explained.

“The rule is that if a no-ball is called it cannot be reviewed or reversed. But if it isn’t called, it can be reversed checking the video. Everyone saw that it was not a no-ball. For a young man who is inexperienced, Oshane Thomas was under the pump. To finally get a dismissal but the ball has gone to your name as free-hit, to bowl the extra ball with an extra run, obviously it messed his mindset. As captain I had to take fall for the team. I had to make a stance not just for myself or the team but for West Indies cricket. We haven’t been getting favourable calls or 50/50s since I have been playing cricket.

“I think it showed that when we played a passionate game by doing the right things, then things happen for us, we need the officials to give what is rightfully ours. Again, I am not saying the officials are cheating because I think they are professionals. However, I can just call what I see. If we are seeing we are not getting the rub of the green, the 50-50s, then as captain of the ship I will say that. I must commend the match referee. After we had some stern words, it was resolved,” he added.

Brathwaite informed that he asked for a few minutes from the match referee to get back in the game as the Windies eventually won the game, and the series.

“We worked too hard for my team to walk off the field or forfeit the game or series. The decision was to stay on, fight on and finish the game. But I also asked the match referee for five minutes that our team can get their head around playing a cricket game, forget the debacle that has just happened, get past the event and let us just finish the remaining 16 overs. Thankfully it was allowed,” he concluded.

3RD T20I

WEST INDIES INNINGS        R    B

Lewis b Mahmudullah            89    36

Hope b Shakib             23    12

Paul c Ariful b Mustafizur         2    3

Powell c Liton b Mahmudullah    19    16

Hetmyer lbw b Mahmudullah        0    1

Pooran c Haider b Mustafizur     29    24

Brathwaite c Miraz b Mustafizur     8    7

Rutherford c Mushfiq b Shakib     2    6

Allen st Mushfiq b Shakib         8    7

Cottrell not out            2    2

Thomas run out (Liton)        0    2

Extras (b 1, w 7)            8 

Total (19.2 Overs)            190 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-76 (Hope), 2-90 (Paul), 3-122 (Lewis), 4-122 (Hetmyer), 5-159 (Powell), 6-176 (Pooran), 7-178 (Brathwaite), 8-188 (Allen), 9-189 (Rutherford), 10-190 (Thomas)

Bowling

Haider 2-0-39-0, Saifuddin 4-0-36-0, Miraz 2-0-26-0, Shakib 4-0-37-3, Mustafizur 4-0-33-3, Mahmudullah 3.2-0-18-3

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Tamim run out (Powell)        8    6

Liton c Brathwaite b Paul        43    25

Soumya c Cottrell b Allen        9    10

Shakib c Cottrell b Allen        0    1

Mushfiq c Allen b Paul        1    5

Mahmudullah c Brathwaite b Paul    11    9

Miraz c Allen b Cottrell        19    19

Ariful c Rutherford b Paul        0    1

Saifuddin c Hope b Paul        5    7

Haider not out                22    17

Mustafizur b Brathwaite        8    7

Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 5, w 6)        14 

Total (17 Overs)            140 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-22 (Tamim), 2-65 (Soumya), 3-65 (Shakib), 4-66 (Mushfiq), 5-80 (Mahmudullah), 6-89 (Liton), 7-89 (Ariful), 8-96 (Saifuddin), 9-129 (Miraz), 10-140 (Mustafizur)

Bowling

Cottrell 4-0-32-1, Thomas 3-0-56-0, Allen 4-0-19-2, Paul 4-0-15-5, Brathwaite 2-0-15-1

The West Indies won by 50 runs, seal 3-T20I series 2-1

MoM: Evin Lewis

MoS: Shakib al Hasan