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February 21, 2014
Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for three matches by the BCB for "making an inappropriate gesture on live television" during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mirpur. He has also been fined BDT 300,000 ($3800).
Shakib was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee on the eve of the final ODI against Sri Lanka and will now miss that game as well as Bangladesh's first two Asia Cup matches - against India and Afghanistan.
"Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct," the board said. "Shakib appeared at a disciplinary hearing of the BCB today and admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act."
BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said: "Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behavior was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature. We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable."
The incident occurred when TV commentators began describing Shakib's dismissal during the match and the camera panned to the viewing area of the Bangladesh team. After several seconds, while replays of his dismissal were broadcast, Shakib gestured towards his crotch and then towards the camera and the footage was shown on the giant screen at the ground. The broadcasters didn't show the Bangladesh viewing area for the rest of the match.
The hosts had already lost the ODI series against before the third ODI, but Shakib's absence for the first two Asia Cup matches is a severe blow to Bangladesh's campaign.
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