Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to penalise both Chittagong Vikings captain Tamim Iqbal and the owner of Sylhet Superstars over a spat during Bangladesh Premier League.
The fines will be set after the Zimbabwe series, said BCB Disciplinary Committee Chairman Sheikh Sohel on Tuesday. The controversial incident occurred on the second day of the BPL. The board's decision comes after a lengthy investigation.
"I apologise for being so late to take a decision on the issue of Tamim. I have spoken to you (journalists), those who were on the field then, the cricketers and BCB staff and decided that both of them should be punished. They will be fined," Sohel told reporters.
The pool phase match between the Vikings and Superstars on Nov 23 had been preceded by much drama. The Sylhet franchise had foreign players without proper No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) that forced a 70-minute delay to start the match.
In a sequence of events, Tamim and Superstars' Chairman Azizul Islam were seen having a heated argument in front of the stands. In the post-match press conference, Tamim was furious over the complications. He said, "Treating cricketers like beggars is unacceptable."
Tamim went on to claim Azizul Islam had verbally abused him. Although Tamim claimed himself to be a victim of the incident, Sohel thinks he, too, is responsible for letting things get out of hand.
"Having spoken to everyone, I see both parties guilty. If someone else had started it, Tamim should have been patient. He is a national team cricketer, was an Icon of the BPL…he should not have behaved the way he had at the ground," Sohel said. "But how did a franchise owner enter (the ground)? He (Azizul Islam) has no right to go near a cricketer or speak to him. So, he will be penalised too," he added.
Sohel, who is a director of the board, said Islam will be fined more than Tamim for provoking the dispute. "The amount of fines will vary. Since the owner unlawfully entered the field and (mis)behaved with the cricketers in such a way, he will be fined more," according to bdnews24.com. -Mithun