Bangladesh Cricket Board sprung a surprise on Tuesday claiming that the 10-year ban of international umpire Nadir Shah remained in force despite him already conducting a match in a domestic Twenty20 match. BCB President Nazmul Hasan expressed his wonder after watching that the umpires committee allowed Nadir to conduct the semi-final of the Dhaka First Division Cricket League T20, without any permission from the cricket oversight body.
‘I was surprised to see the report
on Nadir Shah,’ said Nazmul after meeting of BCB directors. ‘
Actually the board didn’t take any decision to reduce Nadir Shah’s
suspension. It was totally a miscommunication as we are yet to make any decision on his appeal against the ban.
Shah’s ban was put in place after he was alleged of corruption by a TV sting operation, broadcasted by India TV, conducted in July and August 2012.
The TV sting claimed that Nadir Shah along with some other umpires of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, were allegedly willing to give decisions favouring the players for a fee.
Nadir Shah appealed against the ban few months ago and the initial report suggested that BCB considered his appeal positively. The report said that ICC gave no objections to the withdrawal of his ban, prompting the umpires committee to give him the green light.
Nadir Shah also claimed on Tuesday that he stood in the semi-final after the BCB’s umpire’s committee invited him.
‘I obtained the permission from the BCB’s umpire committee to officiate the match although l I did not get any letter from the BCB about the withdrawal of my suspension,’ Nadir Shah told reporters.
Umpires committee member secretary Sailab Hossain Tutul held the chairman Nazmul Karim Tenku responsible for the farce.
‘Our chairman [Nazmul] told me to give the permission to Nadir Shah to conduct the match,’ said Tutul.
Nazmul was not available for comments.
-With New Age input