Mushfiqur Rahim, former Bangladesh captain and current Bangladesh cricketer nearly punched his teammate during the game between Beximco Dhaka and Fortune Barishal. Bangabandhu T20 Cup is the prestigious Twenty20 cricket competition of Bangladesh. The 2020–21 edition of the tournament is currently in progress. After 20 matches, top four teams out of five have made it to the playoffs.
On Monday, the eliminator was held between Beximco Dhaka and Fortune Barishal at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
When the match was taking place, Beximco skipper Mushfiqur Rahim lost his cool when he nearly hit his teammate Nasum Ahmed for interfering while taking a catch. The incident took place in the 17th over of the second innings when Barishal needed 45 runs off 19 deliveries with five wickets in hand. For Barishal, Afif Hossain was looking set and was batting at 55 runs. However, Arif while trying to grab a boundary off the last ball of the over ended up getting a top edge, and the ball went in the air. Mushfiqur, who was stationed behind the wickets, ran for the catch, so did the fine-leg fielder Nasum. The 2 of them nearly collided and escaped an ugly injury. Rahim, however managed to take the catch. But the Dhaka skipper was unhappy with Nasum for not hearing his call and almost punched him in anger. Dhaka eventually went on to win the eliminator game versus Fortune Barishal by a margin of 9 runs. This victory for Dhaka has helped the Rahim-led side to book a spot in Qualifier 2 that will be played on 15th December at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
The former Bangladesh skipper was seen trying to throw the ball in anger at his teammate but eventually decided against it. Mushfiqur Rahim was not done yet and was seen scolding Nasum before the other players intervened to bring the situation under control. Rahim was severely criticized and blamed for his immature act on the field. He later apologized for act on the field and said that he wouldn’t repeat it again in the near future. The BCB, however on Tuesday issued a statement saying Rahim was fined 25% of his match fees for breaching the BCB code of conduct. One demerit point was also added to Rahim’s disciplinary record as he was found guilty of “showing insulting gesture towards a teammate,” the release said. If Rahim reaches four or more demerit points in the tournament, the points will be converted into match suspension and he will be banned.