Former national captain and Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League technical committee chairman Raquibul Hasan said yesterday that a hearing would clear the air regarding a suspicious no-ball from West Indies pacer Krishmar Santokie.
“If the BPL governing council make arrangements for hearings, then he [Santokie] can explain it there. They would be need to see the footage and also see if he has the same track record in the past. He played the next match and didn’t bowl well in one over. This is under the [jurisdiction of the] Anti-Corruption Unit. I was the match referee in that match but I didn’t get any report regarding that,” Raquibul said.
“The technical committee won’t do anything [about it]. It comes under betting or match-fixing criteria [so it is up the Anti-Corruption Unit].
“An official [Tanjil Chowdhury] of the board has raised the matter. That was a huge no-ball and I saw [Mohmmad] Amir [in 2010 against England, which formed the basis for a spot-fixing charge and a five-year ban] doing it at Lord’s. I can’t comment on this,” Raquibul added while speaking to reporters at the Sher-e- Bangla National Stadium.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan later said: “We cannot do anything. It’s not our issue, but the ICC (International Cricket Council) is looking into it. There is no way we can talk about this issue as ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) and players interact about such issues.”
Sylhet Thunder pacer Santokie’s bizarre no-ball in Wednesday’s BBPL opener against Chattogram Challengers raised eyebrows in Bangladesh and abroad.