Discipline in any sport is of utmost importance and the image of a sporting personality is the base for what they do in the sport. Cricketers have a wide global fan following, and they have a responsibility of setting a good example. On top of that, if it is an Asian cricketer, the reach is even more. Mohammad Shahzad, the Afghan cricketer, was spotted smoking during the match between Minister Group Dhaka and Comilla Victorians on Friday, in rain interrupted the game of BPL 2022.
While waiting for the game to resume, Shahzad was seen smoking on the ground, the photo of which has gone viral.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief match referee Rokibul Hasan expressed his disappointment towards Shehzad and said that match officials should have intruded on him if he did not know the rules.
Mohammad Shehzad reprimanded by BCb for smoking on the field of play tonight. He also got 1 demerit point.
— Shihab Ahsan Khan (@shihabahsankhan) February 4, 2022
As quoted by Business Standard, Hasan said, “It contradicts the code of conduct. Smoking on the ground is strictly prohibited. It’s unacceptable. If he is not aware of this, the match officials should warn him.”
Shahzad was found guilty of breaching Article 2.20 of the BCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel and charged with one demerit point. He accepted all the charges and hence a formal hearing was avoided.
Shahzad is playing for the Minister Group Dhaka in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. Their last match against Comilla Victorians ended without a ball being bowled due to rain. Their next game is against Chattogram Challengers on the 8th of February. They currently stand third in the points table, with three wins in seven games.