The highly controversial and much spoken about Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) continues to remain in news for all the wrong reasons. After reports of spot-fixing emerged from within the tournament, there has been the issue of disciplinary actions against renowned cricketers which has plagued the tournament.
The latest issue surrounds Bangladesh’s star opener Tamim Iqbal, who was charged a hefty Tk 500,000 for breaching the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) Code of Conduct. Iqbal, skipper of the Comilla Victorians was extremely vocal in his displeasure surrounding the nature of pitches dished out during the tournament.
Tamim spoke about the game against Rangpur Riders, where the sluggish nature of the wicket made run-scoring extremely tough. Apart from Iqbal, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum too was livid with the pitch laid out for the match.
On 1st January, the BCB announced its verdict against Iqbal and charged him with Tk 500,000 for breaching its Code of Conduct for criticizing the curators and the pitch.
In other developments, middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman was charged with a fine of Tk 20,000,000 for allegedly assaulting a fan in the midst of a domestic game. Rahman as a result, even lost his domestic contract with the BCB and was warned of permanent suspension if he repeated the act.
Disciplinary committee vice-chairman Sheikh Sohel announced the verdict against Rahman and justified the decision. Sohel said, “We felt that he didn’t learn anything from his past two punishments,” Sohel said. “We have meted out a heavy punishment. He is out of the national contract, which is a huge blow. He is also fined Tk 20 lakh. But this is his last chance. If he has another brush with indiscipline, he will be permanently suspended.”