The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday fined opener Tamim Iqbal Tk five lakh for criticising the pitch and outfield of the Sher-e Bangla National Cricket Stadium during recent Bangladesh Premier League match.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan announced the shock fine at his Beximco office when he also revealed a huge punishment for Tamim’s fellow national cricketer Sabbir Rahman, who assaulted a fan.
Comilla Victorians captain Tamim criticised BCB’s pitch preparations after his side laboured to chase down a target of 97 runs against Rangpur Riders on December 2.
Rangpur captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza also criticised the wicket on the same day while Tamim also found support from his coach Mohammad Salahuddin and Rangpur’s New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum after another low-scoring match at the same venue.
However, the BCB found only Tamim’s comments inappropriate and called him for a hearing on December 14 when he was compelled to admit his guilt.
Tamim thought the BCB would spare him from any punishment after he had softened his voice, but he was wrong.
BCB president Nazmul believed Tamim’s comments were embarrassing for the board.
‘The way Tamim talked it was embarrassing for Bangladesh cricket. It could have damaged the reputation of our cricket. As the vice-captain [of Twenty20 side], we think that he should be careful before talking to media,’ he said.
‘A player can obviously talk about the pitch if it is not ideal to host Twenty20 matches. But he can’t tell anything regarding the outfield and the curator. We already received two demerit points [from the ICC after Australia Test] and if we get two more then we can’t arrange any match in Dhaka. He should have been more responsible,’ he said.
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