Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Mirpur November 1, 2009

Dolar Mahmud fined for bowling beamers

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh fast bowler Dolar Mahmud has been fined 15% of his match fee for bowling two beamers in an over during the second ODI against Zimbabwe in Mirpur on Thursday.

Both deliveries were bowled during the 42nd over of Zimbabwe's innings, with Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura at the crease. The fourth ball, to Waller, was a high full toss down the leg side which beat the wicketkeeper and raced to the boundary. The final ball was another beamer, which hit Chigumbura on the helmet. The umpire penalised the bowler and Mahmud wasn't allowed to bowl for the rest of the innings. The over was completed by Mahmudullah.

Mahmud was found guilty of a Level 1 offence, according to the match referee Ranjan Madugalle. "At the outset, I explained to the bowler that his actions of bowling high full tosses was clearly against the spirit of the game and is considered 'unfair play' under the Laws of Cricket," Madugalle said. "He pleaded guilty and immediately apologised for his actions in both instances to the batsmen and also apologised to the two on-field umpires.

"In arriving at my decision, I took into account that it was his first offence under the code. His immediate actions also showed his genuine concern to the batsmen."