Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is more than a game, it is a platform for creating controversy. Many now call it a fun, entertainment league. BPL is in the news again and again due to the controversial activities one after another in the current BPL season. Khaled Mahmud Sujan, the former captain of the Bangladesh national team, has sparked criticism by smoking in the dressing room during the BPL game.
It didn’t take long for his smoking scene to go viral on social media when it was caught on camera. Since then, discussion and criticism are going on around Sujan. Although retired from cricket, he is still associated with the national team. And standing next to the cricketers in the dressing room, he may be punished for doing this.
Khulna and Barisal match was going on in BPL at the time of the incident. This former captain of the national team is in charge of coaching the Khulna Tigers. At that time, he was seen smoking during matches. Smoking in front of cricketers like this is out of cricketing etiquette. After Sujan’s actions in the dressing room, the media workers contacted former cricketer Debbrat Pal, the referee of the Barisal – Khulna match. But he did not say anything about this.
Debbrata only said that he saw the video on his mobile phone while returning from the stadium. But he did not want to comment at that time. “I have only seen the video. I can’t comment on it right now. But smoking in the dressing room is definitely against the spirit of cricket. He can’t do that during a match. It’s unfortunate,” Debbrat said.
In these cases, the smoker is given a verbal warning or the match fee is deducted. Usually young or inexperienced cricketers are given a verbal warning and seniors are more likely to be charged match fees. Meanwhile, Khaled Mahmud Sujan is a very experienced person. He was the captain of the national team for a time. Later he was also in the role of team manager, and assistant coach. So, it is assumed that 15 to 20 per cent of his match fee may be deducted.
Meanwhile, a day after this incident, Sujan also got good news. He is returning as the team director of the Bangladesh national team. He will perform this duty in the next England series. Jalal Yunus, one of the directors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the head of the cricket management department, said that Sujon will return as the team director. However, Sujan has not yet said anything about this. After the incident, he locked his lip.