Mushfiqur Rahim apologizes to Nasum Ahmed for misconduct in the field; fined 25% of match fees

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One point of error was also added to Rahim’s disciplinary history

Mushfiqur Rahim apologized to his Beximco Dhaka teammate Nasum Ahmed for misbehaving with him during the Bangabandhu T20 Cup Eliminator against Fortune Barishal on Monday. In a match that Dhaka finally won by nine runs, to stay in contention for a place in the final, Rahim’s behavior with his teammates, despite their pitching errors, was strange.

* The BCB on Tuesday issued a statement saying that Rahim was fined 25% of his match fees for violating BCB’s code of conduct. One demerited point was also added to Rahim’s disciplinary history, as he was found guilty of “showing an insulting gesture to a teammate,” the edition said. If Rahim reaches four or more weak points in the tournament, the points will be converted into a match suspension and he will be banned.

In the 13th over the chase, when Barishal batsman Afif Hossain began a counterattack, Rahim seemed to lose the plot. When the left-handed batsman turned one towards the vacant short midfield for a single, and Rahim and Ahmed chased the ball and after reaching there first, Rahim made a threatening gesture towards Ahmed, apparently for not reaching in front of him.

Dhaka started making more mistakes. Yasir Ali could not cut and then chased Hossain’s simple push to cover, resulting in a talent limit. Al-Amin groped a throw from the depths, with Hossain halfway down the furrow. Then when he mistaken a shovel, resulting in a simple capture for Rahim, the Dhaka captain lost it.

Ahmed, launching a short fine leg, lightly collided with Rahim, who completed the catch, which was enough for Rahim to threaten to throw a punch to his teammate. Avoiding an apology at the post-match presentation, Rahim made one on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

“Assalamualaikum to all, First of all I would like to officially apologize to all my fans and spectators about the event that took place yesterday during the match,” Rahim wrote. “I have already apologized after the game to my teammate Nasum. Secondly I apologize to Almighty. I always remember that I am a man above all and the gesture I showed was not at all acceptable. In shaa Allah in the near future I promise , that it will not be repeated on earth or outside the earth … JazakAllah-khair. “

Mohammad Isam is the ESPNcricinfo correspondent in Bangladesh. @ isam84

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