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ICC Sanctions Shakib for ‘Inappropriate Contact’ in T20 World Cup

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Tanzim Hasan Sakib

In an improper physical altercation with Nepali captain Rohit Paudel during a T20 World Cup 2024 Group D encounter at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday, June 16, Bangladeshi bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib was disciplined by the ICC. The youthful right-arm bowler was fined fifteen percent of his match earnings after it was determined that he had violated Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Tanzim’s disciplinary record has also been updated with one demerit point; this was his first offense in a 24-month period.

A player gets banned and their demerit points are converted to suspension points if they accrue four or more in a 24-month period. Depending on which comes first for the player, two suspension points are equivalent to a ban from one Test, two ODIs, or two T20Is. Level 1 violations are punishable by an official reprimand as a minimum, 50% of the player’s match fee as a maximum, and one or two demerit points.

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The ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, Article 2.12, on “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator during an International Match,” was found to have been violated by Tanzim.


Tanzim acknowledged his Mistake

The event happened at the conclusion of Nepal’s innings’ third over. Tanzim angrily moved towards Nepali batsman Rohit Paudel after bowling a delivery. The Bangladeshi pacer was heard asking, “What happened?” many times as he charged towards Paudel after the two exchanged words. After then, the conversation turned into improper physical contact. The respective teammates and on-field umpires kept the two apart.

There was no need for a formal hearing because Tanzim acknowledged the offense and accepted the punishment suggested by Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees.

The accusation was made by fourth umpire Kumar Dharmasena, third umpire Jayaraman Madanagopal, and on-field umpires Ahsan Raza and Sam Nogajski.

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Tanzim won Player of the Match in the match between Bangladesh and Nepal. With four wickets at seven runs, he helped Bangladesh restrict Nepal to 85 runs while defending 106. Bangladesh’s 21-run triumph guaranteed them a place in the Super Eight round of the competition, whereas Nepal, in spite of a valiant effort, lost all four of their games and were eliminated.