Bangladesh news February 23, 2014

BCB requested to reduce Shakib ban


Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has confirmed that there was a request made to the BCB president Nazmul Hassan to reduce Shakib Al Hasan's suspension. The board punished Shakib for "making an inappropriate gesture on live television" during the second Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI.

Along with coach Shane Jurgensen and Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur asked Hassan to reconsider the ban, immediately after Bangladesh's six-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in the third ODI.

"We have talked to [BCB president Nazmul Hassan] Papon bhai," Mushfiqur said. "We said that we respect the board's decision and whoever does such a thing should be punished. There is no greater punishment for a player than suspension.

"We have asked him that if there can be any consideration for the sake of the team, whether his suspension can be reduced. Papon bhai has said that he will look into the matter."

Mushfiqur has said the concern comes on the back of injuries to several senior players. Tamim Iqbal is already out with a neck injury while Mashrafe Mortaza's troublesome knees could also be a problem. Mushfiqur himself have been suffering from a finger injury which prevented him from keeping wickets in the one-dayers against Sri Lanka.

"Tamim [Iqbal] isn't playing while Mashrafe bhai is an injury concern. I am not sure whether I can keep wickets. This is why we made the request.

"The coach, Mashrafe bhai and I don't have an obligation to bring back Shakib. We have thought only in the best interest of the Bangladesh team. He is an important player, and by picking him, I don't have to think about an extra batsman and bowler. The board will decide because we have only made a request."

Though the BCB has not made any official comment on the matter, the public backlash will stop the board from rethinking the earlier decision to ban Shakib for three matches.

"I don't think the ban will be reduced. The decision is already taken, so there is very little chance that we will reconsider it," said a BCB director requesting anonymity.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • M.G. on February 25, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    I agree with many that Shakib's punishment was excessive, - rather, a hefty monetary fine plus one game suspension would've been adequate. We all do mistakes, and he's a young fellow. I fail to understand what was going on in the head of this Nazmul fellow, as well BCB to rational such sever fine for the #1 player, don't know whether he'd personal grudge against him, or what; I know he is first a politician, may be zero cricket knowledge; but as you look at others, - harbajan got away with virtually no punishments in aus, bad boy kholi gets away with constant misbehavoir, bad boy Peterson was tolerated for years, and I can go on. But here comes venerable BCB, at the dawn of asiacup, comes up with a sever verdict against his key player; this is senseless. Punishment is more symbolic, - suspension is suspension, a day or three is same token to public. BCB and Nazmul probably ruined any chance for Bang in the tournament. The fans should held them responsible for this failure.

  • Syed on February 24, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    It is good that Shakib would be dropped for his unwanted display of vulgarity. Besides Bangladesh is not winning even if Shakib is in the side

  • prasanna on February 24, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan -- Rohit Sharma -- Virat Kohli (c) -- Cheteshwar Pujara -- Dinesh Karthik (wk) -- Ajinkya Rahane -- Stuart Binny -- Ravindra Jadeja -- Ravichandran Ashwin -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- Mohammed Shami --

  • Shuzi on February 24, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Not impressed with this. This should not have been made public.

  • Naimur on February 24, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Most surprising is seeing Mushfiq and other players requesting reduction of ban. Shows the overdependency on Shakib and lack of confidence in other players.

    Shakib's ban is too lenient and if anything should be increased.

  • Satish Chandar on February 24, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Well.. Leave this behaviour thing outside.. If you wanna criticise Shakib, it should be for the shot he played.. What in the world did the camera man gain by pointing towards Shakib often when he was ashamed for that silly shot? Shakib had a opiton to go out of the focus area which again would have been hurting his ego.. Shakib did a mistake but it was wholesome provoking from the cameraman. You banned him for one game and Asia cup follows which is more important. Especially with no Tamim, Shakib is badly needed.. Why Mushy wants Shakib immediately? It would be terrible if BD doesn't make it and Mushy loses his job.. Had i been a captain, i would have asked for Shakib too..

  • syed naveed on February 24, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    well for that , ....... those players , who summited the request to BCB ,should also be banned for 3 matches , and if BCB agrees to the request , than BCB should also be banned for 3 matches i.e. their team , i mean .players are no bigger than the game ,they are representative of their respective Countries , they should realize that.there should not be any compromise on discipline.At the most , the BD side would lose the match in his absence , which they already are , even with his presence.but , looking at this whole matter ,i think , the whole script is already written , i don't think , the ban will stay , it will be lifted , but the fine will stay , isn't it BCB ???????

  • Android on February 24, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    @danielrob bd won the series against newzealand and west indies;also drew against SL in their soil.All without please comment based on the reality not out of a whim just to show ur antipathy against BD.thanks

  • Rashendra on February 24, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Well Shakib should be banned . Three games is fair enough. Discipline is the most important thing in any team or in any agenda. Not to forget Kevin Peterson was dropped from England for rest of his career for his discipline. No team can not improve without discipline. This should set an example for other teams as well, specially India, Australia, where the players are soo arrogant. As an individual I am a fan of BD, they have shown some great commitment.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    BCB should be firmed on the imposed they made. Unless otherwise, there will be repeating matter in future. It should have been thought before banning him, but not now. BCB did the right job, not keeping punishment will harm the team more. If we depend only one player, we should not play at top level. Our team is with total 12 players and everyone must contribute to win. Sakib became a nonsense player in recent time - see his Big bash and ODI against Sri Lanka. He should be more responsible. This would be his good lesson.

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