Bangladesh all-rounder Sabbir Rahman, who is a vital member of the national team across formats, was penalized half of his match fees during his team Sylhet Sixers’ 4-wicket victory against the Comilla Victorians on Sunday during a Bangladesh Premier League encounter at Sylhet. Cameras captured an angry Sabbir behaving aggressively with the on-field umpire Mahfuzur Rahman Litu at the conclusion of the match when the players were shaking hands.
As per reports in the Cricbuzz, Sabbir hurled abuses at the umpire after he adjudged him leg before of the bowling of Mohammad Nabi when the batsman was only batting on 3. This is not the first time Sabbir has been involved in an on-field controversy. Meanwhile, the match referee said that he committed a Level 2 Offence.
“He’s committed a Level 2 offence. Fifty percent of his match fee has been cut, along with [the player being given] three demerits points,” Match referee Debroboto Paul was quoted as saying by the Cricbuzz on Monday.
Meanwhile, Sixers won the 2nd game of the tournament as they narrowly clinched a nail-biting thriller by four wickets and with a delivery to spare. Sylhet Sixers skipper Nasir Hossain won the toss and put the visitors in. The Sylhet bowlers were right on the mark and never allowed Comilla Victorians to make a big score.
Marlon Samuels played a useful hand of 60 of 47 deliveries which were the main reason why they got close to the 150 mark. Taijul Islam was the wrecker-in-chief bagging 2/22 in his four overs. The Victorians were on their way from the word go as openers Upul Tharanga, and Andre Fletcher smashed the Comilla bowlers all around the park as Sylhet raced to 70 in the 8th over.
Despite a superb opening stand, there was a huge collapse which also took a battering on their run rate. From 83/1, the team was reduced to 136/6 but eventually managed to reach the target with a delivery to spare.