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Kings penalised for Miraz’s ‘fake’ fielding

  • Published at 01:32 pm January 13th, 2019
Rajshahi Kings' Mehedi Hasan Miraz bowls during their BPL match against Rangpur Riders in Mirpur Sunday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mehedi Hasan Miraz dived to stop the overthrow, but umpires were of the opinion that he attempted it after it went past him, and according to their discretion, it was an act of deliberate distraction

Rajshahi Kings captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz was found guilty of “fake fielding” against Rangpur Riders during their Bangladesh Premier League match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Sunday, and the on-field umpires awarded five penalty runs against him.

Rangpur’s Rilee Rossouw edged the fifth ball of the 12th over, bowled by Miraz, to square-leg before a throw was directed at the striking end. 

Miraz dived to stop the overthrow, but umpires were of the opinion that he attempted it after it went past him, and according to their discretion, it was an act of deliberate distraction. 

According to section 41 of ICC by-laws, the fielding side are punished with five runs as penalty of the offense, and the ball would be counted as dead ball.

Following the game, Miraz said, “I was aware of the rule. Actually that was my mistake. I had to stop the ball back then, but it was a bit far. That’s why I put in the false dive. I knew about the five-run penalty. I won’t do it again. I was a bit excited. The seniors of our team told me to be patient. Laurie Evans was telling me to keep my cool. It will be better for us if you stay cool. At that stage, they (Rangpur) required seven per over.” 


41.4 Deliberate attempt to distract striker

41.4.1 It is unfair for any fielder deliberately to attempt to distract the striker while he is preparing to receive or receiving a delivery.

41.4.2 If either umpire considers that any action by a fielder is such an attempt, he/she shall immediately call and signal Dead ball and inform the other umpire of the reason for the call. The bowler’s end umpire shall - 

– award 5 Penalty runs to the batting side.

– inform the captain of the fielding side, the batsmen and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of the reason for the action.

41.5 Deliberate distraction, deception or obstruction of batsman

41.5.1 In addition to clause 41.4, it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball.

41.5.2 It is for either one of the umpires to decide whether any distraction, deception or obstruction is wilful or not.

41.5.3 If either umpire considers that a fielder has caused or attempted to cause such a distraction, deception or obstruction, he/she shall immediately call and signal Dead ball and inform the other umpire of the reason for the call.

41.5.4 Neither batsman shall be dismissed from that delivery.

41.5.7 The ball shall not count as one of the over.

41.5.8 Any runs completed by the batsmen before the offence shall be scored, together with any runs for penalties awarded to either side.

Additionally, the run in progress shall be scored whether or not the batsmen had already crossed at the instant of the offence.

41.5.9 The batsmen at the wicket shall decide which of them is to face the next delivery.



Mominul st Mithun b Gazi    14    16

Miraz c Shafiul b Mashrafe     0    1

Soumya c Farhad b Mashrafe 18    13

Hafeez run out (Bopara)    26    29

Zakir not out            42    36

Evans c Bopara b Farhad     2    7

Doeschate run out (Farhad)    14    10

Udana c Gazi b Farhad     8    5

Arafat b Shafiul         1    2

Rabbi not out            1    1

Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 5)        9 

Total (20 Overs)        135/8 

Fall Of Wickets

1-6 (Miraz), 2-33 (Mominul), 3-36 (Soumya), 4-90 (Hafeez), 5-96 (Evans), 6-112 (Doeschate), 7-130 (Udana), 8-133 (Arafat)


Gazi 3-0-25-1, Mashrafe 4-0-22-2, Nahidul 2-0-14-0, Nazmul 2-0-14-0, Howell 3-0-20-0, Shafiul 4-0-19-1, Farhad 2-0-17-2


Gayle c Soumya b Rabbi    23    14

Mashrafe c Zakir b Rabbi    0    2

Mithun c Evans b Hafeez    30    31

Rossouw not out        44    46

Bopara b Hafeez        1    5

Howell run out (Mominul)    4    6

Nahidul c Soumya b Udana    16    12

Farhad not out        0    4

Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 2, pen 5)    11 

Total (20 Overs)        129/6 

Fall Of Wickets

1-2 (Mashrafe), 2-31 (Gayle), 3-71 (Mithun), 4-83 (Bopara), 5-92 (Howell), 6-126 (Nahidul)


Rabbi 2-0-22-2, Miraz 4-0-25-0, Udana 4-0-22-1, Mustafizur 4-0-17-0, Arafat 2-0-12-0, Hafeez 4-0-22-2

Rajshahi Kings won by five runs

MoM: Zakir Hasan (RK)

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