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DPL 2021 – BCB fines Sabbir Rahman and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club manager BDT 50,000 each

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The technical committee also warned Elias Sunny after a hearing on Wednesday evening

Legends of Rupganj batter Sabbir Rahman and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club manager Sultan Mahmud have been fined BDT 50,000 (US $590 approx.) for their involvement in an incident on June 16 at the BKSP. Although the BCB’s press release didn’t mention what the incident was, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club had lodged a complaint against Rahman after their match against Old DOHS Sports Club at the BKSP-3 ground on Wednesday.
Rahman had arrived at the ground to play Rupganj’s DPL T20 match against Partex Sporting Club at the BKSP-4 ground when he allegedly racially abused and threw stones at Elias Sunny, who was fielding at the time. Rahman had allegedly also racially abused Sunny during their June 13 match.

The technical committee held a hearing on Wednesday evening, after which they also warned Sunny.

“After an extensive hearing session the Technical Committee has decided to take the following disciplinary measures: fine of BDT 50,000.00 each for Shabbir Rahaman of Legends of Rupganj and Sheikh Jamal’s Manager Sultan Mahmud.”

Sunny had told ESPNcricinfo on Wednesday that Rahman had abused him during the June 13 match, and the June 16 incidents were a continuation of that.

“Sabbir started abusing me when I was batting against Rupganj on June 13,” Sunny said. “I asked him thrice whether he himself understood what he was saying, but he kept repeating it. I got angry, after which the umpires had to separate us. But he kept calling me “kalo” (black, referring to his skin colour) repeatedly from the outfield. We won the match so I didn’t react too much.

“During today’s (Wednesday’s) match, when we were fielding, Rupganj’s bus had arrived near the BKSP 3 ground. He started teasing me with the same “kalo, kalo“. I didn’t react at first. But shortly afterwards, he threw a stone at me. I maintained the protocol by telling the umpires. Play was stopped for a while. I also spoke to the match referee.”

This is Rahman’s latest misdemeanour after he was banned for six months for abusing a fan on social media and lost his national contract for beating up a fan during a first-class game in 2018. He also lost half his BPL salary in 2015 for a serious breach of discipline.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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