Sabbir Rahman and controversies seem to go hand in hand. The Bangladesh batsman recently grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons and even before the dust could settle down on it, he has landed in further trouble after reportedly threatening a match-referee.
The right-handed batsman is currently under investigation for reportedly assaulting a spectator during a first-class match in Rajshahi last week. According to reports, the incident took place on the second day of Rajshahi Division’s National Cricket League game against Dhaka Metropolis.
Local media reported that the incident took place after one of the spectators made a noise directed at the batsman during one of the innings breaks. Following that, Sabbir took permission from the on-field umpires to leave the ground and then went behind the sight screen to physically abuse the young boy, who had apparently been brought into the playing area by the batsman’s friend.
And now local media has reported that the 26-year old batsman has threatened the match referee to not say anything to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
“It will be not good for you (match-referee) if you complain to BCB. It won’t be good for anyone of you,” Sabbir was quoted as saying by one leading Bangladeshi news outlet.
Shawkatur Rahman, the match-referee, however, has included all of Sabbir’s wrongdoings in his report and has forwarded it to the BCB.
Meanwhile, the hot-headed player is in danger of facing a heavy punishment if found guilty
“Such an act cannot be tolerated. We will take all necessary steps to make sure he pay a heavy price if he is found out to be guilty as it damaged our reputation along with the game. The moment I get the report, we will call him. But after seeing the report if we feel we don’t need to talk to him, we will give appropriate punishment,” BCB disciplinary committee vice chairman Sheikh Sohel told Cricbuzz.
This is not the first time, Sabbir has courted controversy. Last year, he was fined Tk 12 lakh (US$14,000 approx) by the BCB for his off-field conducts during the Bangladesh Premier League.
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