Nidahas Trophy might be over but the buzz surrounding the tournament is yet to die down.
On March 16, after the game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the glass door of the visitors dressing room was found shattered with the culprit behind it unknown.
The on-field spat between the Sri Lankan team and the Bangladesh team earlier in the day had only escalated the matter and the fact that the visitors dressing room door was broken by a Bangladeshi player made the matter much worse.
The on-field drama and Bangladesh team’s antics after winning the match forced the Bangladesh Cricket Board Chief Nazmul Hasan to apologize for the incident and a committee was set up to look into the matter.
Reports are now coming out that Match Referee Chris Broad spoke to the caterers in the dressing room so as to find out the culprit who broke the dressing room door.
The caterers, in turn, have informed the Broad that Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was responsible for the destruction.
They further elaborated that they saw Shakib push the door forcefully which had caused the damage and broke the glass door.
The report, which was printed a Sri Lankan newspaper, The Island, further stated that after speaking to the caterers the Board has handed Shakib 25% match fees for the charge of ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’and Shakib to has pleaded guilty to the same.
Besides Shakib, reserve player Nurul Hasan has also been fined 25% of his match fees for his spat with Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perara which was caught on camera during the drinks break.
While giving their verdict on the incident the Board in its ruling said,
“I understand that it was… tense and an edge-of-the-seat match with (a) place in the final on the line, but the actions of the two players were unacceptable and cannot be condoned as they clearly went overboard. Had the fourth umpire not stopped Shakib and the fielders remonstrating, and then had the on-field umpires not intervened between Nurul and Thisara, things could have become worse.”