Bangladesh cricket team’ hard-hitting batsman Sabbir Rahman has been fined 30% of the match fees as he has been given two demerit points in the first ODI of Bangladesh versus Afghanistan at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Sabbir breached article 2.1.4 of the Code of Conduct which is “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match.”
This incident took place after the drinks break of Afghanistan’ run chase. Sabbir argued with on-field umpire Sharfuddoula Saikat about an leg before wicket decision and also made inappropriate comments.
An International Cricket Council (ICC) press release said, “In accordance with Article 7.3 of the revised Code, which came into effect on 22 September, in addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.1.4, two demerit points have been added to Sabbir’s disciplinary record.”
According to this new rule, Sabbir will be handed suspension if he gets four or more demerit points in between two years. This will ban a player from either a Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first.
On-field umpires Chettithody Shamshuddin and Sharfuddoula Saikar, third umpire Anisur Rehman and fourth umpire Tanvir Ahmed made charges against Sabbir Rahman after the match.
Although, he admitted the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. So, Sabbir was not required for a formal hearing. But he has been handed a fine of 30% of match fees.