Mushfiqur Rahim shared a post on Facebook apologizing for his actions.© AFP
Former Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim apologized to a teammate on Tuesday after an angry confrontation during a Twenty20 tournament. The 33-year-old wicketkeeper turned on Nasum Ahmed after the two nearly collided while looking for a hold. Mushfiqur took the ball, but then avoided as if he wanted to throw the ball to Nasum or deliver a blow. He faced a storm of social media criticism for his behavior during the Bangabandhu Twenty20 Cup match between his team from Beximco Dhaka and Fortune Barishal.
The player with the most appearances in Bangladesh was fined by the match referee after the match.
“First of all … I would like to apologize to all my fans and viewers for the incident that happened yesterday,” Mushfiqur wrote on his Facebook page.
“I already apologized after the game to my teammate Nasum.
“I am above all a human being and the gesture I showed was not acceptable. I promise it will not be repeated.”
The post was accompanied by a photo of Mushfiq and Nasum.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board fined Mushfiqur for a quarter of its entry fee.
“We looked at his resume, which is good,” said match referee Roqibul Hasan, “but he was warned that if the action was repeated he would be in trouble.”
Beximco Dhaka won the match for nine runs to qualify for the final of the tournament on December 18th.
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