Sabbir Rahman is under the watchful eyes of ICC for his conduct on the field    Getty Images
Sabbir Rahman is under the watchful eyes of ICC for his conduct on the field Getty Images

Bangladesh‘s out-of-form batsman, Sabbir Rahman, has been warned by team management to be wary of his conduct on the field as he has three demerit points and one more breach of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct could lead to his suspension for a game or two. Sabbir has earlier been warned by the ICC on two occasions in the last two weeks since the introduction of demerit points. The demerit points were introduced and came into effect from September 22, 2016 and will remain with a player for two years. During Bangladesh’s the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-ODI series against Afghanistan, Sabbir received two demerit points and was fined 30% of his match fees for questioning umpire Sharfuddoula’s leg-before decision and then making inappropriate comments. ALSO READ: Bangladesh vs England: Mashrafe Mortaza refuses to apologise to visitors

According to Cricbuzz, “We have already spoken to him about the risk that he is facing regarding the suspensions. He is aware where he stands. After what happened in the last game, I think he has to tone down his celebrations, avoid doing what he did in that incident. He can obviously celebrate but within the appropriate limits”, said Khaled Mahmud, Bangladesh cricket team’s manager.

Mahmud also praised the changes to the playing conditions introduced by the ICC and further stated that the demerit points allow the players to know exactly where they stand. “I think the new system is quite helpful to the players. They now know where they stand in terms of the demerit points. Previously he may have been suspended after the second incident but now he has another chance,” added the former all-rounder. ALSO READ: Bangladesh vs England, 3rd ODI: Trevor Bayliss urges Jos Buttler to stay away from on-field spats

Sabbir’s second Code of Conduct breach happened during the second ODI against England in Mirpur. He, along with skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, were charged for their over-the-top celebrations following Jos Buttler‘s dismissal, which led to a war of words. Both Sabbir and Mortaza were fined 20% of their match fee and also received one demerit point apiece while Buttler got off with a reprimand and one demerit point.

Sabbir and India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have three demerit points each and one more demerit point within a 24-month period would be converted into two suspension points, which would then force them to miss one or more matches.

The ICC rule states that two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two Twenty20 (T20Is), whatever comes first for the player in question.