Comilla Victorians captain Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper Liton Kumer Das have been fined 50 percent of their respective match fees for breaching Level 2 of the BCB Code of Conduct during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2017 match against Rangpur Riders at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on 18 November. Both players were found to have breached Article 2.2.5 of the BCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision’.
Tamim and Liton were charged by on-field umpires Ranmore Martinesz and Mahfuzur Rahman, third umpire Morshed Ali Khan and fourth umpire Mozahiduzzaman for their animated show of disapproval at an umpiring decision in the Rangpur Riders innings after batsman Ravi Bopara had been adjudged not out to a caught behind appeal.
The players admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Match Referee Salim Shahed and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
In addition to the fine imposed for the breach of Article 2.2.5, three (03) demerit points have been added to Tamim and Liton’s disciplinary record. Pursuant to Article 7.5 of the Code, if a player reaches four (04) or more demerit points in the tournament, the points will then be converted into suspension points. Four (04) demerit points equate to a ban of one (01) match.
Level 2 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a fine of 30 percent of the match fees and a maximum penalty of a suspension of one (01) match and three (03) or four (04) demerit points.