England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for ball-tampering in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match against Khulna Tigers on February 7. Team Sylhet Sunrisers also had to bear the brunt of his mistake. Five runs had to be given as penalty.
The Daily Star has given information quoting Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The report also said that Bopara, who captained Sylhet Sunrisers in the match against Khulna Tigers, has added three points to his disciplinary record. In the incident that took place during the ninth over of the match, TV cameras were seen driving a nail into the ball before bowling to Bopara.
Bopara was initially banned for three matches by match referee Debabrata Pal, but the final decision was to be taken by the tournament technical committee ASM Rokibul Hasan. The technical committee on Wednesday (February 8) decided to give a lighter sentence after Bopara’s appeal.
The technical committee of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 2022 approved the penalty after the umpires found him guilty of a Level 3 (2.14) breach after Bopara appealed against the three-match ban imposed by match referee Devvrat Pal ‘change of position’ and is in violation of Clause 41.3 of the BPL.
In the match, on-field umpires Mahfuzur Rahman and Prageet Rambukwela quickly inspected the ball and ordered its replacement. Bopara and wicketkeeper Anamul Haque tried to talk to the umpires, but to no avail. Sylhet Sunrisers were eventually handed a five-run penalty for trying to change the position of the ball.
According to Article 7.5, Bopara will face suspension if he scores four or more demerit points in a tournament, the report said. Four demerit points are banned for one match. Bopara was captaining the team for the first time in BPL replacing Mosadek Hossain. Sylhet Sunrisers now face Comilla Victorians on Wednesday.