Ravi Bopara fined for breaching BCB Code of Conduct
Sylhet Sunrisers’ Captain Ravi Bopara has been fined 75 percent of his match fees for a Code of Conduct (CoC) breach during the team’s Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 2022 match against Premier Bank Khulna Tigers on 07 February. Three (03) demerit points have also been added to his disciplinary record.
The Technical Committee of Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 2022 sanctioned the penalties following an appeal by Bopara against a three-match ban imposed by the Match Referee Debabrata Paul for the initial charge brought forward by the umpires for a Level 3 (2.14) offence which relates to ‘Changing the condition of the ball’ and is a breach of clause 41.3 of the BBPL Match Playing Conditions.
After the appeal hearing on 08 February, the Technical Committee reversed the suspension and executed the fine in accordance with the authority awarded to it in Article 126.96.36.199 of the CoC which states that ‘the Technical Committee shall have the power to increase or decrease, amend or otherwise substitute a new decision on the appropriateness (or otherwise) of the sanction imposed at first instance’. It is further confirmed as per Article 188.8.131.52 that, ‘Any decision made by the Technical Committee under this Article 8.2, shall be the full, final and complete disposition of the matter and will be binding on all parties’.
Pursuant to Article 7.5 of the Code, if Bopara reaches four (04) or more demerit points in the tournament, that will be converted into match suspension. Four demerit points equate to a one-match ban.