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Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman was dropped for the third Twenty20 International against Afghanistan after he got into a heated altercation with teammate Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
The incident occurred after the second Twenty20 International and reports suggest that things between the duo escalated quickly and even became physical.
However, a team official, who wished to remain anonymous, played down the severity of the altercation, and was quoted by Cricbuzz as saying: “It was not that big an issue, just a misunderstanding. The incident is not even mentioned in manager’s report.”
While the incident could have landed Sabbir in more trouble, it is understood that team manager Khaled Mahmud decided to overlook it.
This is not the first time Sabbir has been in trouble for his behaviour as last December, he was stripped of his national contract, fined TK 20 lakh and banned from playing domestic cricket for six months, which he is still serving to this day, for assaulting a fan during a first-class match in Rajshahi.
In the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), he was fined 30 percent of the money he would earn, which amounted to TK 12 lakh, for having a female guest at the team hotel.
Sabbir once again found himself in trouble during the most recent BPL as he was fined half of his match fees and handed three demerit points for getting into an altercation with an umpire during the Sylhet Sixers’ match against the Comilla Victorians.