Asia Cup: Bangladesh's plea of reviewing last-over rejected

Updated: 26 March 2012 15:03 IST

The Asian Cricket Council has rejected Bangladesh plea of reviewing the last over of the Asia Cup final against Pakistan.

New Delhi:

The Asian Cricket Council has rejected Bangladesh plea of reviewing the last over of the Asia Cup final against Pakistan.

Bangladesh Cricket Council had appealed to the ACC to review the last over, accusing Pakistani paceman Aizaz Cheema of deliberately blocking batsman Mahmudullah Riyad from taking a second run.

BCB had said it sought five penalty runs for deliberate obstruction and a reversal of the result in their favour. Pakistan beat Bangladesh in a thrilling final on Thursday by two runs to lift the four-nation Asia Cup.

Pakistan's Cricket Board, however, had expressed disappointment with Bangladesh for appealing.

Pakistan Cricket Board director Intikhab Alam had called Bangladesh's stance disappointing. "It's really sad and disappointing to hear the statement from BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) official," Alam said.

"It was a thrilling final and everyone praised Bangladesh for their fight and their decision to appeal is just an afterthought after the result."

"The fact of the matter is that no match umpire or referee complained about this to Pakistan management and Bangladesh's complain will spoil a wonderful final which everyone enjoyed," said Alam.

Bangladesh are currently considering an invitation to tour Pakistan for a limited overs series next month.

They sent a delegation to assess security arrangements in Pakistan for the tour but said a final decision will only be made by the country's government.

Should Bangladesh go they will be the first Test playing nation to tour Pakistan since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore three years ago.

The attacks, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players and an assistant coach wounded, suspended all international cricket in Pakistan as teams refused to tour the troubled country because of security fears.

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