During the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy 2018 semifinal or knockout round between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, matters got pretty heated up during and after the match as the two team's players lost their cool during the clash, causing unsavoury scenes at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
After the controversial match, reports emerged that the Bangladesh dressing room was defaced and the matter was taken up. As media reports suggest, it was Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan who was responsible for the damage caused in the dressing room, which had glass shattered all over the place.
In the do or die match, Bangladesh players won the match against the hosts after Shakib called upon his two players in the dying minutes of the match which was highly uncalled for which went on to anger the Sri Lankan players on the field. Mahmudullah Riyad sealed Bangladesh's fate with a winning six of the penultimate delivery in the last over. After the match was over, pushing, yelling and tempers flaring, the gentleman's game was tampered from there on.
Bangladesh had gone on to win the match and make it to the finals of the Nidahas Trophy finals where they lost to the Men in Blue by four wickets.
CCTV footage remained inconclusive as to who caused the damage but Sri Lanka suggests that Match referee Chris Broad had spoken to the caterers who were present in the dressing room and investigated the matter as who caused the mayhem after the match. The caterers have reportedly informed that Shakib was the man responsible and as per eyewitness account which was told to Broad, Shakib had forcefully pushed the glass door open, creating a mess.
Shakib was handed a 25 per cent fine and one demerit point. The Bangladesh skipper pleaded guilty to the charge of "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
Broad in his ruling said, “I understand that it was… tense and an edge-of-the-seat match with (a) place in the final on the line, but the actions of the two players were unacceptable and cannot be condoned as they clearly went overboard. Had the fourth umpire not stopped Shakib and the fielders remonstrating, and then the on-field umpires not intervened between Nurul and Thisara, things could have become worse.”