Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has been fined BDT 50,000 (the US $590 approx.) by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for racially abusing and throwing stones at Elias Sunny during the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) 2021 T20 tournament.
Rahman was representing the Legends of Rupganj team and Elias Sunny was playing for the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club. The incident took place on Wednesday (June 16) at the BKSP 3 ground in Dhaka.
Rahman had arrived at the ground to play Rupganj’s match against Partex Sporting Club at the BKSP-4 ground when he allegedly racially abused and threw stones at Sunny, who was fielding at the time. Along with him, Dhanmondi Club manager Sultan Mahmud has also been fined, although the specific reason for it was not revealed.
“After an extensive hearing session the Technical Committee has decided to take the following disciplinary measures: fine of BDT 50,000.00 each for Shabbir Rahaman of Legends of Rupganj and Sheikh Jamal’s Manager Sultan Mahmud,” said a released statement.
Sabbir Rahman teased ‘Kalo’ to Elias Sunny and threw stones; did it before as well
“Sabbir started abusing me when I was batting against Rupganj on June 13. I asked him thrice whether he himself understood what he was saying, but he kept repeating it. I got angry, after which the umpires had to separate us.“But he kept calling me “kalo” (black, referring to his skin colour) repeatedly from the outfield. We won the match so I didn’t react too much.
“During today’s (Wednesday’s) match, when we were fielding, Rupganj’s bus had arrived near the BKSP 3 ground. He started teasing me with the same “kalo, kalo“. I didn’t react at first. But shortly afterwards, he threw a stone at me. I maintained the protocol by telling the umpires. Play was stopped for a while. I also spoke to the match referee,” Sunny revealed.