The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) on Monday circulated a letter to clubs from the First and Third Divisions, stating electronic gadgets would not be permitted in the dressing room for anyone apart from the manager.
The decision caught club officials by surprise and they claimed it had never happened before.
‘’We did not receive these kinds of memos before. It’s probably because of the recent controversy regarding the Third Division that they have taken this decision,’’ a club official requesting anonymity said.
The memo, issued on December 2, stated that players, coaches, officials and other staff involved during matchdays, barring the manager, would not allowed be to use mobile phones or electronic gadgets during matchdays.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to pull up their socks after a recent incident in the Third Division was caught on film and went viral on November 18. That put umpiring irregularities back into spotlight in the country’s lower tiers and raised questions over the BCB’s claims of eradicating corruption.
The video shows a number of players of Dhaka Royal Cricketers abusing and accusing two on-field umpires of making biased decisions to help their opposing team, Kamrangirchor SC, win the match in Fatullah. At one point, the players can be heard chanting: “cheat, cheat”.
The coach, captain and a player of Dhaka Royal Cricketers are set to receive punishments for misbehaving with the umpires after they pled guilty in a hearing.
‘’We have issued this memo because we want to uphold the image of the country’s cricket,’’ an official of the CCDM said.