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Afridi criticises umpires after T20I defeat



Mirpur, April 25: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has criticised umpiring decisions following their seven-wicket loss to Bangladesh in the one-off Twenty20 International here.

Bangladesh registered their maiden win over Pakistan in T20Is at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Friday. Afridi was given out caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim off Mustafizur Rahman. TV replays, however, suggested no edge but the ball seemed to get a slight deviation after going past the bat, reports bdnews24.com.

"I just told him (umpire) that I wasn’t out in my opinion. But people make mistakes. The match referee must have seen it. So ICC is watching this,” Afridi, who was a member of the World Twenty20-winning Pakistan squad in 2009, said.

“Not just one decision, two (or) three decisions (were wrong). A single decision can change the fate of the match."

The umpires were Bangladesh’s Anisur Rahman and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid.

Afridi, who scored 12 off 9 balls, wanted a review but walked back disappointed as it was unavailable. “I didn’t attend meeting with the match referee, so I didn’t know if the DRS (Decision Review System) was available.”

The win topped the hosts’ 3-0 ODI series sweep against the 1992 World Champions. The two Asian countries will play two Test matches in Khulna (April 28-May 2) and Mirpur (May 6-10).

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