Bangladesh will filed a protest with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the umpire’s attitude to sledging incidents during the first Test

Bangladesh previously expressed their dissatisfaction with on-field umpiring decisions that favoured the host nation, South Africa, and are now set to lodge an official complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) against the umpires for failing to control the sledging from South African players. Seven decisions were reversed following DRS reviews on the fourth day of play, and BCB managing director Khaled Mahmud had requested impartial umpires be sent to the ICC, which is now possible due to improved COVID conditions.

Though sledging has become more prevalent in recent years, Bangladesh believed that South Africa’s sledging was ‘heinous’ and that the on-field umpires should have taken note. Bangladesh was bowled out for 53 on the final day, as Keshav Maharaj took seven wickets and Simon Harmer added three more.

The hosts have established a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series, while Bangladesh is still reeling from the decisions in South Africa’s favour on the fourth day of play.

BCB cricket operations chief Jalal Yunus stated that a formal complaint will be submitted with the ICC regarding the first Test’s sledging concerns and that they had already written to the ICC regarding the umpiring following the three-match ODI series.

He said that both sides engaged in sledging, but South Africa crossed the line and suggested that the ICC consider assigning impartial umpires for Tests rather than umpires from the host nation.