Highly rated Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has been severely punished as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has imposed six months suspension on him which further saw the Rajshahi-based cricketer lose the Board’s central contracts.
“We have meted out a heavy punishment. He is out of the national contract, which is a huge blow,” the Vice Chairman for investigating committee Sheikh Sohel was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Rahman was found guilty owing to the level-4 offence as in the past the batsman has been struggling to maintain the off-field discipline.
The 26-year-old right-handed batsman Rahman, who was praised for his ability to score runs at will has further been fined for the sum of INR 20 lakh takas which is approximate to $25,000.
“We felt that he didn’t learn anything from his past two punishments. He is also fined Tk 20 lakh. But this is his last chance,” Sohel maintained.
According to the Board which has shown zero-tolerance over the disciplinary issues that Rahman could face the life ban if he happened to repeat the intolerable act over the field.
“If he has another brush with indiscipline, he will be permanently suspended,” Sohel asserted.
It’s pertinent to mention that the incident took place during the first-class fixture of the National Cricket League in Rajshahi.
Interestingly, the respite for Rahman is that he entitled to feature in the international cricket.
The middle-order batsman Rahman was already listed in the 32-man provisional squad before featuring in the tri-nation series and before hosting Sri Lanka.
The incident took a turn ugly turn during the game between Rajshahi Division and Dhaka Metro at Chittagong on December 20 when Sabbir rushed to the on-field umpire for the permission to march off from the ground.
Earlier, the reports suggested aggressive batsman scolded the fan, before allegedly aiming for the bodily harm right at the side-screen which further didn’t sit well with the officials.
However, Shabbir went on to vent his frustration over the match referee Showkatur Rahman and warned him not to complain before the national board.
Later on, Sabbir was called by officials to register his statement when reserve umpire report it to his higher-ups which subsequently saw the batsman getting infuriated.
With BCB swung in action promptly, it was the BCB’s president Nazmul Hassan Papon, who has given out the verdict which would dash the hopes of Rahman to feature in the impending first-class fixture Bangladesh Cricket League and List A competition Dhaka Premier League.