West Indies medium pacer Krishmar Santokie grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons after bowling a huge no-ball and a wide in the opening game of the Bangladesh Premier League, as suspicions of spot-fixing once again reared its ugly head.
Opening the bowling for Sylhet Thunders in the game against the Chattogram Challengers, Santokie delivered the wildest of wides which was followed by a bewildering no-ball as he missed the line by quite a distance.
Santokie overstepping was reminiscent of Mohammad Amir’s no-ball back in 2010 at Lord’s following which the Pakistan bowler was found guilty of spot-fixing and subsequently banned for five years.
Sylhet captain Mosaddek Hossain chose not to comment on the delivery in the post-match press conference and also stated that he had not paid attention to that delivery.
The BPL has faced spot-fixing problems in previous editions. Spinner Shariful Haque was banned in September 2012 after being guilty of spot-fixing during the first edition of the BPL.
A Pakistani national was arrested in separate spot-fixing charges in 2012 and in March 2013, the BCB handed down a 10-year ban to umpire Nadir Shah after he was caught in a sting operation that revealed that he was willing to fix matches for cash.
The 2019-20 edition of the BPL, renamed as the Bangabandhu BPL T20 2019, is not a franchise-run affair and, instead, is owned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
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