Bangladesh dressing room broken after Sri Lanka match

National | March 17, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Colombo, March 17:  The Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket match of the Nidahas Trophy between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Friday was marred by some unpleasant on-field and off-field actions. Reports say players of both sides not only yelled at each other but also got physical with each other. Glass door of Bangladesh dressing room too was broken.

ICC, reports say, is investigating the dressing room incident. Match refree has seen the footage of the CCTV cameras installed outside the dressing roo. According to a report, a catering staff has named a Bangladesh player for the dressing room incident after which the Bangladesh team offered to pay for the damages. However, ICC has decided to conduct its own investigation before arriving at a conclusion.    

How the controversy started

Although Bangladesh edged past Sri Lanka in a nail-biter match, they could have done this in a better way.

When Bangladesh needed 12 runs from the last five balls, pacer Isuru Udana bowled two shot balls which resulted in Mustafizur Rahman's wicket.

Bangladesh players thought that the square leg umpire had signalled a shoulder height no-ball, which the umpire didn't give.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan came to the boundary rope and asked his batsmen to come off the field. 

Later, Bangladesh substitute fielders also got into the action with Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera.

But when umpires interfered, play was resumed and Mahmudullah pulled Bangladesh out of trouble waters and helped them to seal the match by two wickets.

When asked about the matter after the match, Tamil Iqbal said: "It's very emotional. We saw the leg umpire signalling a no ball and that's why we were complaining. That created the confusion.

"It's a gentleman's game, everyone should have behaved better, especially from our team, we could have done it nicely. It's all done and dusted now."

Shakib also commented on the issue and said: "We are friends. Emotions take over sometimes. I need to be careful as the captain and the leader of the team."

Bangladesh will face India in the final on Sunday.



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