loklokantor desk: The BCB director claimed that the two cricketers could never have done such actions if not backed by their respective teams
Lalmatia Club bowler Sujon Mahmud was slammed with 10-year ban by the BCB for his bizarre protest during a second division game in the Dhaka League. Protesting the on-field umpires’ allegedly biased officiating, Sujon gave away 92 runs in four deliveries to create headlines around the cricketing world.
The Lalmatia cricketer leaked 65 wides and 15 no-balls in an over that eventually lasted 20 deliveries. Another cricketer in the same tier of the Dhaka League, Tasnim Hasan of Fear Fighters Club, was also slapped with a 10-year ban for similar act. The cricketer, also protesting allegedly bias umpiring during a game against Indira Road on April 10 this year, conceded 69 runs in 1.1 overs.
The three-member committee formed by the BCB to investigate the incidents in the Dhaka second division league meted out the punishment to the two cricketers on Tuesday. The committee imposed life bans on Lalmatia Club and Fear Fighters Club for not preventing the cricketers from carrying out such acts which have tarnished image of Bangladesh cricket around the world.
The captains, managers and coaches of the two teams were banned for five years each while the umpires from the two games were slapped with six-month suspensions.
BCB director, acting chairman of the umpires’ committee and chief of the three-member investigation team, Sheikh Sohel, announced the punishments to the media.
“We held hearing involving many people regarding the two matches in question and understood that such acts were done intentionally and to stain Bangladesh cricket. Our cricket in the past few years has bagged applause from all over the globe for on-field performance,” said Sohel.
“The results in those two matches would not have determined the champion of the league and had no questions of relegation too. The bowlers did wrongdoing deliberately, and tarnished our image internationally,” the BCB director added.
The BCB director claimed that the two cricketers could never have done such actions if not backed by their respective teams.