Tamim Iqbal’s participation in the opening game of the Bangladesh Premier League for Chittagong Vikings against Barisal Bulls on Saturday is under a cloud of doubt as the left-hander is currently suspended for one match in domestic cricket.
Earlier on June 22 this year, the Bangladesh Cricket Board suspended Abahani Limited skipper Tamim and fined him Tk one lakh after he was found guilty of misbehaving with the on-field umpires in their Dhaka Premier League match against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club on June 12.
The southpaw's suspension was supposed to be implemented in the next match of a domestic tournament as the tie between Abahani and Doleshwar was the last DPL game.
The very next domestic tournament in the BCB's calender was the National Cricket League. However, Tamim was not included in the Chittagong squad as he was busy preparing for the home series against Afghanistan that preceded the England series.
According to the BCB decision, Tamim was expected to serve the punishment in the opening game of BPL 4 as it is his first match in a domestic tournament since his ban. But surprisingly, he is expected to feature in the Vikings' opening game.
The secretary of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, Rakib Haider declined to comment on the issue when he was questioned regarding the matter.
Meanwhile, BPL governing council secretary Ismail Haider Mallick informed that Tamim will not be barred from participating in the BPL as it is a franchise-based tournament.
“If we had to punish him in the BPL than we had to announce it earlier. He will serve his punishment in some other tournament,” said Ismail.
On the other hand the Vikings' coach, Mohammad Salahuddin said they were aware of Tamim’s suspension but was given a green signal from the BPL GC when they raised the issue.
“We were told that he is available and we are planning accordingly,” said Salahuddin.