The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday decided to exclude middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman from the new national contract after he was found guilty of assaulting a young fan during a National Cricket League match last month.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan revealed that the disciplinary committee of the board also recommended a six-month ban for Sabbir from the domestic cricket and a fine of Tk 20 lakh for the offence.
The punishment was proposed after the right-handed batsman found to have involved in an incident that took place on the second day of NCL final round match between Rajshahi and Dhaka Metropolitans in his hometown Rajshahi on December 21.
During one of the innings breaks, Sabbir physically assaulted a minor boy – aged between 10 to 12– behind the sightscreen after the batsman was taunted by him.
The 26-year old batsman also allegedly showed aggressive behaviour with match referee Showkatur Rahman when he was called for a hearing after the third day’s play.
Sabbir who was in Grade B in the BCB’s list of contracted cricketers had earned a monthly salary of Tk 2 lakh in the previous year and the new national contract for Bangladeshi players was supposed to be effective from January 1.
‘We would like to give a strong message to all players on the first day of New Year. No matter how big player one might be, he must maintain disciplines,’ Nazmul told reporters at his Beximco office.
‘We have discussed Sabbir issue today. He was called for a hearing earlier and we also received the report from the match referee and the disciplinary committee has given a proposal about the matter. He’ll be no longer a contracted player.
‘This is not a minor punishment. A contracted player gets a huge sum of money annually and we have only 14 contracted players all together. He will be also penalised Tk 20 lakh along with receiving a ban of six months to play in the domestic cricket.
‘That means he can’t play in the Dhaka Premier League and this is a huge financial loss. These all are included in the proposal. There is no chance of reducing his punishment. It may further increase to some extent.
‘We have given him a final opportunity. The disciplinary committee also thought about suspending him for an indefinite period. We will finalise it at the board meeting,’ he added.
Sabbir, who represented Bangladesh in 10 Tests, 46 one-day internationals and 33 Twenty20 internationals, has been penalised several times in the past for disciplinary breaches.
During a Bangladesh Premier League match in November, he was penalised half of his match fees and awarded three demit points for misbehaving with an on-field umpire.
Sabbir, who was also carrying three demerit points in international cricket, had been penalised 30 per cent of his BPL contract money after he allegedly took a female guest to his hotel room during the tournament in 2016.
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