Tamim Iqbal got very angry before the start of the match between Chittagong Vikings and Sylhet Super Stars on Monday at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The Chittagong captain alleged against a “franchise official” for insulting his family.
There was plenty of drama before the starting of this match. The match was delayed because the two Sylhet foreign players, whom they wanted to include in the final XI, didn’t have “no objection certificate” from their country-board. The two players were: – Ravi Bopara (England) and Joshua Cobb (England).
As per Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) rules, every team has to field four foreign players in every match. However, there was a rule where BPL’s technical committee can “edit or delete” the rules if it is feels necessary.
As a result, BPL committee decided to bend the rules and allowed Sylhet to play with two foreign players. After this new rule made, the toss was happened at 1:55 p.m.
At the starting of the match, Sylhet team surprisingly came on the field with four foreign players including those players who were questioned before the match. After this incident, Tamim Iqbal protested over this incident and then went off the field.
After these incidents, there was a long discussion happened between the players, match and franchise officials and the BPL’s technical committee. In between this time, suddenly Tamim Iqbal lost his cool and walked back to the dressing room. Before his walk off, he was talking with a senior Sylhet Superstars official near the grandstands.
However, the match was finally started at 3:10 p.m.
At the end of the match, the Bangladeshi left-hander thrashed his anger in the post-match press conference. He told, “The one thing I want to say is that people need to respect national cricketers. People have money, but that doesn’t mean they will treat a national cricketer like a beggar. People need to start respecting us.”
He also said, “We are here to play cricket, I haven’t come here to hear insults about my parents or my family. And I was so nice to that individual, I even called him sir. He asked me to stand up and talk to him and I did that. Then he said a really bad thing about my family, which was very insulting.”
He also compared with IPL. He said, “These franchisees may have a lot of money, but there is a 1000 times more money in the IPL. I might not have played in the IPL but I was in the squad. I know how they treat players,”
Though Tamim refused to take any name in the press conference; he just said, “I think you all know what I am talking about.”
On the other hand, BPL’s technical committee and Sylhet Superstars officials totally denied this allegation.