Bangladesh umpire Moniruzzaman has decided to quick after an increasing number of player outbursts during the recently concluded Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League T20.
Moniruzzaman is currently a part of Bangladesh’s ICC Emerging Panel and is regarded as a promising umpire who can make his way to making the elite programme. However, the Bangladesh umpire now feels that he cannot take the unruly behavior of the players anymore, stating that the self respect means more to him.
“Enough is enough for me and I don’t want to do umpiring anymore,” a dejected Moniruzzaman told Cricbuzz on Tuesday. “I have some self-respect and want to live with it,” he added, revealing that the behaviour of Shakib and Mahmudullah towards him has played a big part in his decision making.
“Umpires can make mistakes but if we are treated in this manner, there is no point in doing it anymore because I am not in it just for the money.”
Moniruzzaman’s remarks comes after Mahmadullah and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s shocking display of angry outburst during the Dhaka Premier League matches. Although he was not the on-field umpire during Shakib Al Hasan’s controversial match, he said it was hard to digest seeing the player lose his cool like this. He was the TV umpire for the match.
Shakib Al Hasan was fined USD 5800 (Taka 5 lakh) and banned for three games after his lost his composure during a game against Abahani Limited and kicked and uprooted the bat after being denied an lbw. He was found to be engaging in heated arguments with the on-field umpire twice.
On the other hand, Mahmudullah was penalized TK 20000 for his on-the-field misconduct during a clash against Prime Bank Cricket Club. He was found guilty of committing a level-2 offense and handed a fine of Taka 20,000. Here again, Moniruzzaman was on TV umpire duties.
“I was not involved in Shakib’s game. The way he behaved was something very hard for me to digest. In the Mahmudullah match, I was the TV umpire and watching the episode closely. It left me numb and at that point, I decided not to carry on with umpiring,” the Bangladesh umpire said.
Moniruzzaman, who has played cricket at the domestic level in Bangladesh, is not an employee of BCB considering as he works for a private company, and umpires due to his passion for the game.
“I am not an employee of BCB and considering the money the umpires get from the board, I cannot take this. I was doing it out of love for the game, because I used to get just the match fee,” said Moniruzzaman.
“I am fortunate nothing untoward happened with me so far but who knows I might be a subject of humiliation in the next game and I don’t want to lose my sleep thinking what will happen tomorrow in the match.”
Moniruzzaman informed about his decision to the BCB, the officials confirmed, adding that they don’t expect any official explanation from him, considering the events incurred during the T20 league.
“We have spoken with Moniruzzaman and he said that he is not interested to carry on with umpiring. He is not our employee so we cannot ask for any official explanation but I can say only one thing that he had a very promising career as an umpire,” said an official of the BCB umpires department on Tuesday.