The T20 World Cup 2022 witnessed a major controversial moment on Sunday, November 6, as Bangladesh faced Pakistan in their final Super 12 fixture at Adelaide Oval. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan refused to return to the pavilion after a debatable decision from third umpire Langton Rusere on an LBW call.

The incident took place when Pakistani spinner Shadab Khan claimed an LBW to the first umpire of Shakib in the first ball he faced. However, the 35-year-old decided to refer the decision to the third umpire, Langton Rusere, for a DRS review. However, Rusere went on to rule in favour of Shadab Khan, leaving Shakib fuming.

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Batting first, Bangladesh went on to score 127 runs for eight wickets against Pakistan. Najmul Hossain Shanto scored 54 runs off 48 balls, while Afif Hossain scored an undefeated 24 off 20 balls. However, Shakib’s dismissal decision by the Zimbabwean umpire met with severe criticism and ridicule by Bangladesh fans as well as several pundits on social media.

“Umpire is below par. What is the standard of umpiring in world Cup Clear spike is show in ultra edge #ShakibAlHasan,” one user wrote on Twitter.

“Shakib al hasan was not out, third empire has plastic lens on his eyes, totally wrong decision.#PAKvsBAN,” another user wrote.

Watch Shakib Al Hasan speaking about the controversial decision with the umpire on the pitch:

Shakib, who is known for his finishing skills in an innings, went back to the pavilion for a duck, and Bangladesh fans feel he would have made a difference on the pitch had the decision been turned. A loss against Pakistan will also cost Bangladesh a spot in the semifinals of the tournament, along with India, who have already qualified.

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Former Indian cricketer turned analyst, Aakash Chopra also supported Bangladesh fans’ claims, saying that there was a spike and Shakib’s bat did not touch the ground.

“Shakib’s bat didn’t touch the ground at all. Just focus on bat’s shadow. There was a spike. It couldn’t have been anything else except the ball hitting the bat. Bangladesh at the receiving end of a poor umpiring decision. #PakvBan #T20WorldCup,” Chopra tweeted.