15 no balls, 13 wides, Bangladesh bowlers get 10-year bans for umpiring protests
Bangladesh Cricket Board has imposed 10-year bans on two club cricketers who deliberately conceded runs to protest against poor umpiring and lost matches. (IPL FULL COVERAGE)
Lalmatia Club’s Sujon Mahmud conceded 92 runs in four legal deliveries in his side’s Dhaka Second Division Cricket League match against Axiom Cricketers last month, peppering the field with 15 no balls and 13 wides that also raced to the boundary.
Fear Fighters Sporting Club’s Tasnim Hasan had conceded 69 runs in seven legitimate deliveries in a similar protest against the umpiring in an earlier match.
“This incident has dented the reputation of Bangladesh cricket and we have taken a stern step because this was important for us,” Bangladesh Cricket Board director Jalal Yunus was quoted as saying by local newspaper the Daily Star.
The two clubs have been barred indefinitely from competition. The captains, managers and coaches of both teams have been banned for five years.
“They willingly tarnished the image of Bangladesh cricket,” Sheikh Sohel the BCB’s disciplinary committee chief said.
“A bowler won’t be able to do such a thing without the order of their team management. From the whole investigation we realised that it was done to hurt Bangladesh cricket.”
Lalmatia Club secretary Adnan Rahman had admitted Sujon bowled the wides and no-balls as a protest against poor umpiring. The secretary alleged the umpires did not even allow his team captain to see the coin after the toss.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board also suspended for six months the umpires overseeing both the discredited matches.