Cricket Followers have reacted angrily to an exciting moment of aggression from Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim in a T20 match in Dhaka.
The conflict happened late in a knockout match between Rahim’s Beximco Dhaka and Fortune Barishal in Bangladesh’s domestic T20 competition.
Beximco Dhaka was in control of the match after targeting a score of 8/150, including 43 off 30 balls from Rahim.
They had Fortune Barishal five down and requiring 45 runs from the last 19 balls when Afif Hossain – who had scored 55 runs from 34 balls and was Fortune Barishal’s only hope of winning – miscued an attempted scoop shot and popped it up towards short fine leg.
The ball was gone straight to spinner Nasum Ahmed, who placed himself to take a simple catch.
But Rahim beat him to it, holding the ball with his gloves while nearly avoiding contact with his teammate.
The close shave and the confusion over whose call it appeared to anger the 70-Test veteran.
In ugly pictures, Rahim cocked his arm back and threatened to throw the ball at Ahmed, who veered away in embarrassment.
Calm down, Rahim. Literally. What a chotu 🐯🔥
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 14, 2020
Even what appeared to be an apologetic tap on the shoulder from Ahmed did little to cool down Rahim, who continued to gesture in an animated fashion.
The footage has been received poorly with some local fans calling for the former Test captain to face a fine or suspension.
Beximco Dhaka ended up winning the match by nine runs and will proceed to a preliminary final against Gazi Group Chattogram on Tuesday.
Ex-Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was found guilty of showing insulting gesture towards a teammate (Nasum Ahmed) during the match which constitutes to a Level 1 (2.6) Offense. In addition to the sanction imposed, one (01) demerit point has been added to the player’s disciplinary record. Pursuant to Article 7.5 of the Code, if Mushfiqur reaches four (04) or more demerit points in the tournament, the points will then be converted into match suspension and he will be banned. Four demerit points equate to a ban from one (01) match.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) December 15, 2020
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official warning and a maximum penalty of a fine of 50 percent of a player’s match fees and one or two demerit points. Mushfiqur accepted the sanction and as such no official hearing was required.
The breach was reported by on-field umpires Gazi Sohel and Mahfuzur Rahman, 3rd Umpire Masudul Rahman Mukul and 4th Umpire Muzahiduzzaman Swapon and the penalty was imposed by Match Referee ASM Roquibul Hassan