Umpire Tanveer Ahmed Excluded from India Series Following Controversy

Tanveer Ahmed, India series, exclusion

Umpire Tanveer Ahmed will not be officiating in the upcoming five-match T20I series between the Bangladesh and India Women’s cricket teams, as confirmed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday.

Tanveer’s exclusion comes after his involvement in the contentious 2023 series between the two sides, where Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur faced a two-match suspension following a heated altercation with the umpire during the final ODI. Kaur’s actions, including smashing the stumps with her bat, sparked a debate on officiating standards.

Cricbuzz has learned that the BCB decided to omit Tanveer from the series against India to avoid any potential targeting by the visiting team. An anonymous BCB official stated, “We believe that including him in the upcoming home series against the Indian women’s team might subject him to undue pressure, considering the past events. We wish to prevent any such occurrences and hence have decided to exclude him.”

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However, Iftekhar Ahmed Mithu, the chairman of the board’s umpire’s committee, clarified that Tanveer’s omission was to ensure his availability for the concurrent home series against Zimbabwe. “Tanveer has not been included in the match officials’ list for the series against India’s women’s team, as we aim for his participation in the home series against Zimbabwe, which will run concurrently,” said Iftekhar.

Bangladesh has already commenced preparations in Sylhet, with the Indian team expected to arrive on April 23 to begin their campaign in the series.

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