Bangladesh news January 3, 2012

Tamim Iqbal banned for one domestic game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tamim Iqbal has been banned for one domestic game following an altercation with Mohammad Ashraful during a Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League match between Victoria Sporting Club and Old DOHS in Mirpur.

Tamim rushed aggressively at Ashraful, the Old DOHS captain, and exchanged words with him. As a result, the match referee imposed a one-match suspension on Tamim and fined him Taka 5000.

The incident occurred in the tenth over of the Old DOHS innings, when umpire Anisur Rahman gave Faisal Hossain lbw off Shakib Al Hasan's bowling. While Faisal was taking his time to walk off, a Victoria official began shouting at the batsman to leave the field. Ashraful immediately asked the umpire to look into the matter, after which Tamim ran towards Ashraful.

"I was aggressive in my approach while protesting against his [Ashraful] comments. I asked Ashraful bhai to stay in the game but he used abusive words for which I got angry. Being a senior cricketer, he should also know what should be done, but after the match I apologised," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. "I have a very good relationship with Ashraful bhai, and I believe it will continue because everything is finished after the match."

The Victoria official, Lutfur Rahman Badal, was also suspended for one game by the match referee.