The Bangladesh Cricket Board in an unprecedented midnight disciplinary action on Tuesday banned Legends of Rupganj chairman Lutfar Rahman and two other officials, raising quite a few eyebrows.
Lutfar was handed a life ban from participating all cricket activities for his inflammatory comments against the BCB high-ups while club joint secretary Tarikul Islam was banned for five years for intimidating the umpires.
Another Legends official Sabbir Ahmed was banned for three years, also for intimidating the umpires, during their Dhaka Premier League matches.
The entire episode was completed hurriedly, by the disciplinary committee of the BCB, without giving the alleged trio any chance to defend themselves, a privilege even given to perpetrators of most heinous of the crimes.
The decision came few hours after a recommendation was forwarded by the Cricket Committee of the Dhaka Metropolis, who had banned the trio from the league matches and left the rest on disciplinary committee.
Luftar had earlier offered an unconditional apology for his comments and hoped it would end mudslinging war triggered by his words.
However, neither the CCDM, nor the disciplinary committee had accepted his apology.
‘You commit a murder and ask for an apology; it is not acceptable,’ said disciplinary committee chairman Sheikh Sohel.
Asked why the decision was taken unilaterally without giving Lutfar a chance to defend himself, the disciplinary committee chief said that the organiser would not have such privilege as his remarks hit BCB’s prestige and that he had tarnished the image of the organsation worldwide.
‘Don’t you think he let us down worldwide? After such a heinous act, how do you expect us to give him a call?’
When the disciplinary committee was enthusiastic enough to hold a meeting midnight and punish Legends’ management, it kept a blind eye on several other discipline breaches that followed after his remark.
A group of people, identifying themselves as the BCB men, attacked Legends official after their matches against Mohammedan Sporting Club at BKSP.