The intensity and buzz have reached fever pitch between Bangladesh and England both on and off the field in the ongoing three-match ODI series after the home side beat the visitors to level the series 1-1 on Sunday.
Bangladesh were on the verge of a memorable win in the first ODI on Friday but eventually lost the game by 21 runs. However, a 34-run victory in the second match brought Bangladesh right back to the series.
Amid all the action, the on-field rivalry between the two teams has taken a new dimension after English captain Jos Buttler got engaged in a heated conversation with the Bangladeshi fielders following his dismissal on Sunday.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman have both been fined 20 percent of their match fee while Buttler has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct during the second ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
“Look, the incident which happened after the dismissal of Jos Buttler has been witnessed by the on-field umpires and according to the report, the match referee has given his decision and fined Bangladesh captain Mashrafe and Sabbir as they breached the Article 2.1.7,” said former Bangladesh captain and Bangladesh Cricket Board’s match referee Rakibul Hasan.
“They (Mashrafe and Sabbir) started the incident which relates to using abusive gesture or language. Buttler reacted to that so he was given an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC's Code of Conduct,” he added.
Along with the Buttler issue, another incident came under the spotlight when the Bangladesh players went to shake hands with the English cricketers. Buttler and his troop were sitting in their dressing room after losing the game following which they came to shake hands. The anger among the English cricketers was clearly visible for all to see.
However, what transpired later turned out to be the major talking point in the last couple of days.
Following the game, a video went viral on social media. The video shows England's Jonny Bairstow apparently clashing shoulders with Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal.
England's Ben Stokes, who was standing behind Bairstow, then pushed Tamim much to the anger of the Tigers supporters.
Till Monday, there was no official statement from the ICC regarding the incident.
And according to Rakibul, if the incident went unnoticed or was not reported by the on-field umpires, chances are less that action will be taken against the culprits.
Regarding the Stokes incident, Rakibul said, “Ben Stokes and Tamim got engaged in a clash during the hand shake formalities. It may have remained unnoticed by the on-field umpires or not reported to the match referee. So in that case, there are less chances of penalising the culprit involved in the issue as there was no concrete evidence seen by the on-field umpires or the match referee.
“Sometimes the match referee also understands the intensity and emotions of the players and not take such issues beyond the game. However, Stokes, who officially tweeted regarding the issue, can be taken to task. If the match referee wants, he can take this tweet into account and start an investigation.”