Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal was fined 15 percent of his match fee after a heated exchange with umpires and his conduct after Matthew Wade’s wicket in the first Test match against Australia in Dhaka.
The southpaw played an impressive role in helping the Tigers claim their first test win against Australia, as he played two match-winning knocks of 71 and 78 in the Test match. The home side eventually won the game by 20 runs in a near close contest in Dhaka.
Australia will now try to draw the series against Bangladesh before they head out to India to play the limited-overs series next month. During the first Test, Tamim Iqbal has lost his cool on multiple times which has landed him in trouble.
The 28-year-old had accepted the charges and was one demerit point for two separate offences apart from the match fine. Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees has sanctioned the charges, and since Tamim accepted the charges, there will not be any formal hearing on the same.
In the first incident, Tamim Iqbal had objected to the regular changing of gloves by Australian batsman during the morning session of day four and argued with the umpires on the matter. In the second incident, the left-handed batsman went on to Matthew Wade to gesture him to leave the crease after being dismissed.
Speaking during the Test, Tamim expressed his surprise with the state of Dhaka wicket they got and believed it is quite different from the grassy wickets that were used for the domestic tournaments.
“The wicket is unpredictable – anything can happen,” Tamim said of the Dhaka surface. “My question is, how many times do we get to play in these wickets in domestic cricket?
“We only play on these wickets in international matches, because it gives us an advantage over the foreign side.
“We are busy with grassy wickets in domestic cricket although we never play on those in international matches at home. This thinking has to change.”
Bangladesh is on the cusp of making history if they can manage to fend off Australia from winning the last Test match and Tamim would be a key person to make the difference once again if the result should go towards the Tigers at Chittagong.