Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has been stripped of his BCB central contract as punishment for assaulting a fan during a first-class match. The incident took place on the second day of Rajshahi Division’s National Cricket League game against Dhaka Metropolis.
Sabbir has also been fined Tk 20 lakh ($25,000 approx) and barred from playing domestic cricket for the next six months.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan spelled out these punishments after the disciplinary committee’s hearing on Monday. According to the committee’s vice-chairman Sheikh Sohel, Sabbir apologised for his actions in Rajshahi on December 21.
“Still, we felt that he didn’t learn anything from his past two punishments,” Sohel said. “We have meted out a heavy punishment. He is out of the national contract, which is a huge blow. He is also fined Tk 20 lakh. But this is his last chance. If he has another brush with indiscipline, he will be permanently suspended.”
Sabbir has faced disciplinary action a number of times in the past, the most severe case of which was in 2016 when the BCB fined him Tk 12 lakh (US$14,000 approx) for “serious off-field disciplinary breaches” during the Bangladesh Premier League.
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