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Shakib Al Hasan says lack of referrals saved England

Bangladesh fielders make an appeal during day three of the second Test in Dhaka
Bangladesh got little luck in the field during day three

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan thinks England would be facing defeat in the second Test if the television referral system was in place in Mirpur.

Ian Bell, Matt Prior and Tim Bresnan survived close calls as England took a 21-run lead at stumps on day three.

"You have seen the TV. You have seen what the decisions were and what the decisions should have been," said the 22-year-old Tigers skipper.

"It is really bad for us that we did not use the referral system."

The Umpire Decision Review System can be used in any Test series, but the home board and home broadcaster are liable for the cost and implementation of the technology.

"I think we would have asked for a referral four times with full confidence. Three of them would have come our way, 100%," said Shakib.

The Bangladesh captain was asked if the required investment would have been worth it, especially in the context of the lavish floral tributes that welcomed visiting ICC president David Morgan to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

He said: "Maybe, yes, because Matt Prior got runs and he would have been out below 10. Bresnan would have been out for under five and Bell was out on around 80.

"They would have been maybe 150 runs short and we would have been in a very good position.

"If they (the board) had taken the referral system they would have had to spend some money. There is a system and it is expensive.


"But yes, I think it is more important for us (than the flowers)."

Prior (62) might have gone lbw for nine, Bresnan (74 not out) was lucky on five when a close-in catch was claimed and Bell (138) also survived a close lbw call on 82.

Bangladesh have previously only beaten fellow minnows Zimbabwe and a West Indies side decimated by contractual disputes, so a Test win over England would be hugely significant.

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons agreed his team had been hampered by poor decisions.

"There were probably three or four decisions I was unhappy with. Hindsight makes it easy for me to be critical but that's the game," said the Australian.

We had to bat the day out and get in a position to push on and try and win the game

England centurion Ian Bell

"Umpires do make mistakes - it made it hard for us today, but we're still in the game, it's still pretty even."

After Kevin Pietersen had enjoyed a let-off on Sunday, umpires Tony Hill and Rod Tucker continued to give England batsmen fortunate reprieves on day three in Mirpur.

Siddons was asked whether he felt smaller teams generally struggled to get umpiring decisions in their favour, and replied: "I've felt that my whole career.

"I definitely never felt Australia were on the wrong end but, with Bangladesh, I definitely think it comes out against us. I don't know why.

"The spirit was down this afternoon but they fought back and they seem pretty positive about what they can do in the next two days.

"England have got to bat last but hopefully we don't let them put on too many runs for the last two wickets."

Siddons said fast-scoring opener Tamim Iqbal could prove to be crucial with the bat in Bangladesh's second innings.

He confirmed: "If England don't get too many runs then Tamim is probably the key. We play one way, to hit shots. Our spin bowlers would love to have a crack.

"We'll either be all out or have a declaration at some point."

Bell, meanwhile, again answered his critics with a century and said: "We had to bat the day out and get in a position to push on and try and win the game.

"With the heat in that second session, it was hard work. It was a part we really had to get through.

"We're obviously going to play to win. It's a fantastic wicket but hopefully we can get a bit of a lead and come out with the ball and go hard. Generally things speed up a bit in the final two days."

He admitted England had a few lucky decisions but added: "I'm sure over the last six months we've had quite a few against us.

"Umpires have a split second to make their decision - some they get right, some they get wrong.

"It was unlucky for Bangladesh but we capitalised on that, and hopefully it'll be our day again tomorrow."

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