Watch: Bangladesh players Jaker Ali, Tanzim Hasan Sakib caught cheating in T20 World Cup 2024 with umpire's help

Published - 17 Jun 2024, 03:40 PM | Updated - 17 Jun 2024, 03:41 PM

Jaker Ali and Tanzim Hasan Sakib
Jaker Ali and Tanzim Hasan Sakib(Credits: X)

Bangladesh players Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Jaker Ali were caught cheating in their last ICC T20 World Cup group match against Nepal despite the umpire's presence. 

This incident occurred during the closing stages of the 1st innings at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St. Vincent. It was the final match of Group D between Bangladesh and Nepal, who locked horns against each other only for the second time in T20I history. Tanzim Hasan Sakib, who was adjudged as man of the match, was surrounded by lots of controversy in the match. 

After the cheating incident which also involved Jaker Ali, Tanzim Hasan Sakib was seen engaged in a heated exchange with Nepal captain Rohit Paudel in the 2nd innings. But what happened in the 1st innings of the game was much more severe than the second one which can be spared to some extent. 

Tanzim Hasan Sakib had just finished bowling the 3rd over of the 2nd innings and as soon as ending it, he went up to Nepal captain Rohit Paudel. The right-arm seamer had a lengthy stare at Paudel before the two were dismissed from the argument by the on-field umpire. 

How did Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Jaker Ali cheat against Nepal? 

Bangladesh were 69 for 6 when Tanzim Hasan Sakib had the strike on the 1st ball of the 14th over with Jaker Ali standing at the non-striker's end. Nepal's leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who was bowling that over, bowled one in the middle-stump line at a very good length. 

Tanzim Hasan Sakib , who doesn't have a very good technique, was just trying to blindly slog it with a sweep but the ball spun and struck his pad. At first, it looked as if the ball would clip the top of the off-stump and so the on-field umpire signaled out without much contemplation. 

As Bangladesh were already 6 wickets down, both Tanzim and Jaker wanted to take the review but the latter wasn't too sure about the opportunity. So he decided to do what has somehow been discarded in the game of cricket and that is to ask the dressing room before going for the Decision Review System (DRS). 

While Tanzim Hasan Sakib was walking towards Jaker Ali at the non-striker's end, the latter was clearly caught making signals towards the Bangladesh dugout. It was clear that he was asking whether they should take the review or not.

Meanwhile, the most concerning part was Jaker asking for instructions from the dugout while standing just a few meters away from the umpire. Upon getting approval, both Tanzim and Ali made the 'T' sign and during the DRS check, the ball appeared to be missing the off-stump and thus Sakib was safe, thanks to his team management's help from outside. 

Asking for help from the people in the dugout is certainly something that teams refrain from doing. A couple of years ago, Steve Smith was also caught doing something similar before Virat Kohli had stepped in. But in this particular case, Nepal captain Rohit Paudel or any other player didn't seem to bother about it and that's how they missed the trick. 

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