The Bangladesh Cricket Board lifted 10-year ban imposed on two second division clubs- Lalmatia Club and Fear Fighters Sporting Club- allowing them to take part in the upcoming league.
Ali Hossain, member secretary of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, a BCB wing entrusted with the duty of completing Dhaka-club based tournament, confirmed the development to Daily Sun on Saturday.
‘’They are eligible to take part in second division cricket,’’ he said.
However, BCB is yet to lift the 10-year ban imposed on two bowlers Sujon Mahmud and Tasnim Hasan for deliberately bowling wide and no-balls during second division league that sparked huge hue and cry across the globe in 2017.
After it was widely reported in local and international media that Lalmatia clubs Sujon Mahmud conceded 92 runs off four balls during a match against Axiom Cricketers apparently to protesting poor umpiring, BCB ordered investigation into the matter and later included Fear Fighters bowler Tasnim under investigation as he conceded 69 runs off seven balls against Indira Road KC.
‘’We did not receive any request from the cricketers and so their ban is not lifted. If they had made formal we would have surely considered their plea,’’ added Hossain.
Ali added that he is not aware whether the captain, coach and manager of both clubs, who were banned for five years each, are eligible to return back or not.
When contacted both the cricketers refused to make any comment on it apart from adding that they are fine away from cricket.
Daily Sun understand as the election is knocking on the door, BCB high-ups are reluctant to take any move that will make the domestic clubs angry as it might have a repercussion on them in the long run.