Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan on Friday hinted that he had a face a volley of questions regarding the behaviour of Bangladeshi players in the International Cricket Council meeting held in Kolkata this week.
The ICC discussed a review of its code of conduct throughout the week in Kolkata with both the ICC board and member of the chief executives’ committee showing their commitment to address players’ behaviour.
Earlier in March, an ICC spokesperson had confirmed New Age that part of the reason for its decision to review the players’ behaviour was the conduct of some Bangladeshi players during recent Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka.
‘The major issue was players’ behaviour,’ Nazmul told reporters after he returned from the ICC meeting on Friday.
‘We always told that the win or loss is not the main thing, playing some good cricket is the most important above all,’ said Nazmul.
‘When cricket started first, there were good relations between the players, but gradually it seemed the game was losing this amity. As the professionalism and competition between countries are getting increased they are killing the friendship. People are doing whatever it takes them to win a game,’ Nazmul said on the sideline of an international volleyball match in Dhaka.
‘We have seen many incidents in cricket which were never expected. We have discussed the matter. And ICC was preparing a code of conduct. We all countries are ready to co-operate as we want to make friendship and want to honour everyone,’ he said.
The BCB president was clearly embarrassed by the behaviour of Bangladeshi players during a round robin league match against Sri Lanka in Nidahas Trophy, which Bangladesh won in dramatic manner to qualify for the final.
A drama unfolded in the high-intensity game when Mustafizur Rahman missed two bouncers from Isuru Udana in the final over and was run out, but the Bangladesh players contested the call, saying it was a no ball due to its height.
Skipper Sakib al Hasan looked furious on the boundary and waved to call the batsmen back to the pavilion.
Reserve player Nurul Hasan, who was sent to the field with a message from the Bangladesh dressing room, was also involved in a spat with Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera.
A good sense prevailed as Bangladesh finally agreed to continue playing before Mahmudullah struck a six off the final ball to script a fairytale two-wicket win.
During the Bangladesh players’ celebrations, Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis was seen yelling at them forcing opener Tamim Iqbal to intervene and restore the sanity.
A glass door was shattered by someone from the Bangladeshi dressing room immediately after the game, sparking further criticism.
The ICC fined both Sakib and Nurul 25 per cent of their match incomes and handed them one demerit point each for their part in the fracas but did not take any action against anyone for glass door damage.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar criticised ICC for being too lenient on Sakib while Sri Lankan media identified him as culprit for the glass door damage.
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