Bangladesh regret bad behaviour in Sri Lanka T20

Sunday, March 18, 2018

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Bangladesh cricket authorities yesterday expressed regret over disciplinary incidents during Friday's ill-tempered Twenty20 International against hosts Sri Lanka, warning players that they must uphold the spirit of the game.

The Tigers defeated Sri Lanka by two-wickets in the tri-series match, but not before their players got involved in an argument with umpires over a no-ball decision in the final over of the game.

“The board accepts that conduct of the Bangladesh team in certain instances was unacceptable on a cricket field,” the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said in a statement.

Drama unfolded when Mustafizur Rahman missed two bouncers from Isuru Udana in the final over and was run out, but the Bangladesh players contested the call, saying it was a no-ball due to its height.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan looked furious on the boundary and even waved to call the batsmen back to the pavilion.

Reserve player Nurul Hasan, who was sent to the field with a message from the Bangladesh dressing room, was also involved in a spat with Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera.

The International Cricket Council yesterday fined both Shakib and Nurul 25 per cent of their match incomes and handed them one demerit point each for their part in the fracas.

During the Bangladesh players' celebrations, Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis was seen yelling at them as the Tigers' Tamim Iqbal tried to calm him down.

A glass door was shattered by someone from the Bangladeshi dressing room immediately after the game, sparking further criticism.

Bangladesh will face India in the final of the three-nation tournament on today.

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