Bangladesh news May 2, 2017

BCB bans Tasnim, Sujon for 10 years

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The BCB has scratched Fear Fighters Sporting Club and Lalmatia Club from the Dhaka league for 'tarnishing the image of Bangladesh cricket' © The Daily Star/Firoz Ahmed

The BCB has punished two clubs and its players for "tarnishing the image of Bangladesh cricket" in their role in two controversial lower-tier league matches held last month. Both Tasnim Hasan and Sujon Mahmud have been banned for 10 years each while their clubs, Lalmatia Club and Fear Fighters Sporting Club, have been scratched from playing in any division of the Dhaka league. The captains, managers and coaches of both teams have also been handed five-year suspensions.

The board had formed a special committee to look into a Dhaka Second Division League match during which bowler Sujon had conceded 92 runs off four balls while playing for Lalmatia against Axiom Cricketers.

During the investigation the BCB's special committee found that Fear Fighters' Tasnim had also voluntarily conceded 69 runs in 1.1 overs against Indira Road Krira Chakra in protest of alleged biased umpiring, on the day before the Lalmatia-Axiom game.

Umpires Shamsur Rahman and Azizul Bari, who were umpiring in both matches in question, have been banned for six months for their inability to handle the matches properly.

Sheikh Sohel, one of three BCB directors in the special committee, said the committee had interviewed everyone who had been at the game. He also said the bowlers, Sujon and Tasnim, had done what the team management had asked them to do.

"They willingly tarnished the image of Bangladesh cricket," Sohel said. "There was no championship or relegation at stake. It was done intentionally to tarnish our image around the world. From the first day I have said that we won't tolerate such things. It was a crime.

"A bowler won't be able to do such a thing without the order of their team management. There was no match-fixing in this, not that they got any money for doing such a thing. From the whole investigation we realised that it was done to hurt Bangladesh cricket."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • imtiazjaleel on May 4, 2017, 8:25 GMT

    it is really surprising to know that the umpire allowed the bowler to bowl for such a long period. He did not realize that the bowler is doing it intentionally after one or two deliveries.

  • 64W..HotShot on May 3, 2017, 23:17 GMT

    The only ones hurting Bangladesh cricket is the BCB

  • Sbl on May 3, 2017, 17:00 GMT

    Remove the directors from the board, for those this incident occured. bravo the players who at last could protest after 3/4 years. BCB, you are ruining everything- our domestic, some players career and our images.

  • MORPHEUZ on May 3, 2017, 16:50 GMT

    Agree with the posters here. The act itself didn't tarnish the image. but the act of banning surely did. Extremely poor decision by BCB

  • kunal47 on May 3, 2017, 16:21 GMT

    To me as an outsider, the act of defiance from the bowler did not tarnish the image of Bangladesh cricket, it's the act of banning them and not looking into the matter objectively and letting the umpires go did.

  • Rezwan Ul Haque Rocky on May 3, 2017, 8:13 GMT

    The two umpires are getting away cheaply while the players are getting career ending punishment... Faith in BCB ruined.

  • Baundele on May 3, 2017, 4:39 GMT

    Clearly, the umpires were at fault here. Punishing the players by 10 years is equivalent to ruining their career completely. These players are soft target, because they are still not famous. On the other hand, players like Shakib can behave rudely with the umpires and get away quite easily.

  • mizan3060 on May 3, 2017, 2:11 GMT

    Why not remove BCB members who look after umpiring cell ? BCB should punish themselves by deterioration of umpiring standard in Bangladesh.

  • Crictz on May 2, 2017, 19:53 GMT

    Umpires should get at least 5 years ban as well

  • cjegan on May 2, 2017, 17:30 GMT

    Very strange from the BCB, it makes them look bad. Rest of the world has already forgotten about this incident, bans are excessive. I'd have expected a ban of a year which would've been fair I think, these suspensions are twice as long as the suspensions Asif and Butt got! BCB is a very poorly run organisation

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