You may remember the story about Sujon Mahmud.
He broke the world record for the most runs conceded in one over. This over consisted of only four legal bowls and saw the opposition batsmen score 92 runs.
After the game, however, it turned out that the bowler was awful on purpose. He was staging a protest against the poor umpiring of the match.
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The cricketing authorities in Bangladesh have decided instead to dish out incredibly lengthy bans to those involved for damaging the integrity and image of the sport.
Sujon Mahmud has been handed a ten-year ban, his club have been barred indefinitely from competing, whilst their coach, captain, and manager have all been issued with five-year bans from the Dhaka Second Division League, which does seem a tad harsh.
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The protest was staged over poor umpiring in the match, which involved things like Lalmatia being denied the ability to see the result of the coin toss. After a few weeks of looking into the events that unfurled, the cricket authorities have also handed out bans to the umpires in question.
Instead of the career-ending ban that was slapped on Sujon, and the overly lengthy ones issued to his club captain, coach, and manager, the umpires of the game have been handed six-month bans.
While Lalmatia deserved punishment for throwing the game, the length of the bans is staggering when compared to those of the match officials, who performed illegally also.
The board also dished out a ten-year ban on bowler Tasnim Hasan, whilst also blacklisting his club Fear Fighters after they threw a match in a similar fashion to Lalmatia.
Sheikh Sohel, the Bangladesh cricket board's disciplinary committee chief, explained all in a press statement: "We have found in our investigations that the bowlers bowled wides and no-balls deliberately to damage the image of our cricket.
"In neither case would a win or loss have mattered for the promotion or relegation of their respective clubs."
The Bangladesh cricket board obviously takes such matters very seriously, and have shown with these damaging, lengthy bans that such action as Lalmatia took will not be tolerated.
Indeed, throwing games in any sport, no matter the circumstances, shouldn't be tolerated by any officials. While decisions from referees and umpires can be suspect, teams are best off informing those high-up after the game.
Board officials should deal with poor umpiring, and the team shouldn't throw the game, as this case has now shown.
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