The umpires penalized Sylhet Sunrisers five runs for changing the condition of the ball during their BPL match against Khulna Tigers. It is the first time a side has been disciplined for such a matter in the BPL, whether during play or after.
The incident took place in the ninth over, bowled by Ravi Bopara. The broadcasters showed a replay of the English all rounder running his fingers over the ball during the over, after which the on-field umpires Mahfuzur Rahman and Prageeth Rambukwella got hold of the ball.
While looking at the condition of the seam, the umpires sent back wicket keeper Anamul Haque who tried to speak to them. Bopara also approached the umpires and said something, but by then the umpires had ordered the fourth official to bring out the replacement balls.
According to the playing conditions, clause 41.3.5, “if it is possible to identify the player(s) responsible for changing the condition of the ball, the umpires shall… change the ball forthwith. Additionally, the bowler’s end umpire shall award 5 Penalty runs to the opposing side.”
The law also says that the umpires shall then report the matter to the match referee “who shall take such action as is considered appropriate against the player(s) concerned”.
Bopara was named Sylhet captain from this match, replacing Mosaddek Hossain. It is the first time that Bopara is leading a BPL side, having played 65 previous matches in the tournament. He continued to bowl after the incident.