Sabbir Rahman has been slapped with fine and two demerit points for breaching Code of Conduct after arguing with the umpire in Bangladesh first ODI against Afghanistan.
The incident happened during Afghanistan’s run-chase when, after a drinks interval, Sabbir questioned umpire Sharfuddoula’s lbw decision and also made inappropriate comments, an ICC media statement said on Monday.
Sabbir admitted the offence and accepted the sanctions, which included a 30 percent fine from his match fee, proposed by match referee Richie Richardson and so there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Sharfuddoula and Chettithody Shamshuddin, third umpire Anisur Rehman and fourth umpire Tanvir Ahmed.
According to the new rules, demerit points will be added each time a player offends over a two-year period and players accruing four points within this time could face a suspension. Under the new system, four or more demerit points in 24 months will weigh as two suspension points, at least, and ban a player from either a Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first espncricinfo.com reported.