Bangladesh opener, Tamim Iqbal, has been fined 15 percent of his match fees and given one demerit point after being found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
The incident occurred on the fourth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia at Mirpur, Dhaka. The Bangladesh opener was found guilty of continuously debating with the on-field umpire even as the visiting batsmen were changing their gloves at regular intervals. Shortly afterwards, he gestured towards dismissed batsman, Matthew Wade, and asked him to leave the field.
Tamim’s actions were found to be in breach of Article 7.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct – thereby leading to a monetary penalty and one demerit point. This was Tamim’s second demerit point, he had received one previously during the second Test match against Sri Lanka in March this year. If Tamim logs in four or more demerit points within the span of a 24-month period, the demerit points will be converted into suspension points, which will result in a ban – pursuant to Article 7.6 of the ICC code The charges were laid by the two on-field umpires, Pakistan’s Aleem Dar and England’s Nigel Llong, third umpire, England’s Ian Gould and fourth umpire, Anisur Rehman of Bangladesh. There was no need of a formal hearing as Tamim accepted the sanction handed out by ICC Match Referee, Jeff Crowe.
Breaches under Level 1 carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum punishment of a fine of 50 percent of the player’s match fee – as well as one or two demerit points.