National team pacers Mashrafee bin Murtaza and Subashis Roy were spared with a soft warning despite being part of an ugly episode during Wednesday’s Bangladesh Premier League match between Chittagong Vikings and Rangpur Riders in Sylhet.
Match referee Neeyamur Rashid said the players had regretted their behaviour during a formal hearing after the match, which prompted them sparing them with the warning.
‘No action was taken against them but we have issued a soft warning, in fact soft and final warning to both players,’ Neeyamur told New Age.
‘Both of them had a role in the incident. It happened in the heat of the moment but they regretted it politely. There is no need to tell about Mashrafee. But Subashis is also a very nice guy. He does not have any past disciplinary record.
‘So we spared him with a warning. I am thankful to our umpires as they handled the issue well,’ he said.
The incident happened in the 17th over of Rangpur innings when Mashrafee struck Subashis for a boundary and then defended a yorker. Subashis collected the ball in his follow throw and attempted a throw directed at Mashrafee, who later made a gesture apparently asking Subashis to go to his bowling crease.
Chittagong pacer Subashis took a serious offence in the behaviour of Mashrafee and reacted furiously. As both the players came face-to-face Chittagong fielders rushed in to separate them. Subashis was seen using some barbs towards a dumbfounded Mashrafee as he was returning to his bowling run-up.
Subashis’s behviour towards widely respected Mashrafee created uproar in social media, making him public enemy number one within a flash.
A humble Mashrafee took an attempt to calm down the situation by agreeing his own fault in the post-match press conference where he said he should have said sorry to the bowler.
‘I think I need to say sorry to him, there was nothing serious. Since I’m senior to him, I really needed to keep my head cool,’ Mashrafee said after their 11-run defeat to Chittagong.
But as the fans in social media kept slamming Subashis, it forced Mashrafee to post a video on his official Facebook page by backing his national team-mate.
‘It all started with me. Maybe he wanted to throw the ball but if I had not reacted, he might have returned for the next ball and I have already said sorry for this,’ Mashrafee said in the video, which was shared over 50,000 times by his fans until Thursday evening.
‘A lot of incidents happen on the field and we take it normally. I don’t know why it should be an exception. As he is my younger brother, I apologizsed to him,’ he added.
‘This is my humble request to you all that, don’t take it further. Let’s call it a day and forget what happened on the field, and if we extend this situation, it won’t be good for Subashis’s future,’ he said.
In a different Facebook video posted by Subashis’s Chittagong team-mate Taskin Ahmed, he apologised to Mashrafee.
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