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Bangladesh management warn Sabbir to watch his behaviour

The Bangladesh team management have made Sabbir Rahman aware of the danger he faces of getting suspended after he accrued three demerit points under the ICC's updated code of conduct.

He has been punished twice in the space of two weeks since the new system was introduced on September 22, and along with India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is also on three points, will be on a good behaviour watch list for the next two years.

This is because if they accrue one more point during this period (totalling four points), it will be converted into suspension points which will determine how many matches a player will then miss. The number of demerit points range from one to eight depending on the level of offence the player is charged with. Four points would equate to two suspension points which means they would miss one Test or a combination of ODIs and T20s.

Bangladesh manager Khaled Mahmud said they have told Sabbir to be careful of his behaviour, especially with his celebration that brought him the second punishment.

"We have already spoken to him about the risk that he is facing regarding the suspensions," Mahmud said. "He is aware where he stands. After what happened in the last game, I think he has to tone down his celebrations, avoid doing what he did in that incident. He can obviously celebrate but within the appropriate limits."

Sabbir's first incident was during the first ODI against Afghanistan on September 25 when he argued with umpire Sharfuddoula over a leg-before decision. The next offence was when he and Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza were penalised for "overstepping their celebration" against England.

In another change from the old regulations, after serving a ban the player's disciplinary slate will not be automatically rubbed clean in terms of the demerit points. The points under the 2016 regulations would hold for the next 24 months, and in case of further penalties, add up and will move onto five and above, reaching the next level of suspension - eight and above demerit points - which then make a player liable to be banned for two Tests. The demerit points would only be wiped clean after 24 months.

Mahmud however said that the new system is easier for players to understand where they stand in terms of breaching the code of conduct.

"I think the new system is quite helpful to the players," Mahmud said. "They now know where they stand in terms of the demerit points. Previously he may have been suspended after the second incident but now he has another chance."