Bangladesh umpire Moniruzzaman has decided to quit officiating from cricket after recent player outbursts in the Dhaka Premier League. Shakib Al Hasan losing his cool on the umpires twice in the same match and then Mahmudullah also did the same thing recently which has led to Moniruzzaman taking this decision.
While Shakib was banned for three matches and fined a specific amount, Mahmudullah was found guilty of committing a level-2 offence during Gazi Tank Cricketers game against Prime Bank CC. Mahmudullah lost his cool after their appeal was turned down and lied down on the adjacent pitch to express his dissatisfaction over the decision.
Moniruzzaman was the TV umpire for this match and the incident led to him taking the tough decision. “Enough is enough for me and I don’t want to do umpiring anymore. I have some self-respect and want to live with it.
“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,” he said while speaking to Cricbuzz.
He was known as one of the best umpires in the country and was included in the Bangladesh’s ICC Emerging panel as well. “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.
“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 added.