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Umpire Apologizes For Poor Calls against Windies — “I Had A Bad Day”

Don’t be fooled, umpiring is hard work, and if one wants to confirm this, ask umpire Tanvir Ahmed, one of the on-field officials in the last T20I match between the Windies and Bangladesh.  

Ahmed invoked the wrath of Windies captain Carlos Brathwaite, after several questionable calls during the team’s decisive T20I match against Bangladesh.

Ahmed has since apologized for some of the decisions and conceded that he had had a bad off day in the match.

“In terms of a no-ball, there is always the issue of the foot and the line being close to each other,” Tanvir told Prothom Alo. “And if the bowler jumps quickly, there are occasions when it is difficult to spot it. I am new to international cricket, I made a mistake.

Ahmed came under the heat of criticisms from both fans and pundits after twice calling Windies pacer Oshane Thomas for no balls.

On both occasions, the batter received freebie hits and the ball was sent flying for six from the young inexperienced bowler.

“If you look at my past, I don’t have a bad history. It was one mistake. Inshallah, I will come back well. Every person has good days and bad days. Yesterday I had a bad day. The match just ended yesterday. I am not focusing on anything else. I am thinking about my mistake,” said Ahmed.

The Windies won the series 2-1 and will now turn their attention to a home series against England in January.

The tour will consist of three tests, five ODI’s and three T20s.

Nigel Bell Readers Bureau,

Edited by Jesus Chan

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