Bangladesh news February 21, 2014

Shakib suspended for three ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Abdul on February 24, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Just shows how over dependent Bangladesh are on Shakib and how little confidence Mushfiq has in other players.

    BCB must not tolerate this sort of poor behaviour and should also ban Mushfiq for his comments in media.

  • Naimur on February 24, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Most surprising is seeing Mushfiq and other players requesting reduction of ban.

    Shakib's ban is too lenient and if anything should be increased.His attitude too is too arrogant. I hope BCB take further action.

  • Naimur on February 24, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Shakib should be banned for atleast 5 years.

    Poor captaincy and coaching have caused this ridiculous result for Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Better would be to unplug his NOC for county cricket and IPL this season to bring him back to the planet earth.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    I agree with wapuser. There does seem to be something seriously wrong with team spirit. Sakib just swings and seems in a hurry to be out; same was Mahmudullah as was Tamim. Sakib knows that his pot of gold awaits at the IPL and in English county. There he is always on his best behaviour. But here at home in Bangladesh, he acts like a super star, caring nought for us or our national pride and honour. How quickly he has forgotten that it was this country and its tax payers that groom a unknown boy from Magura, gave him all he needed and made him the world's best allrounder. Don't we deserve a tiny bit more respect? We have seen true superstars - Michael Jordan, Tendulkar, Amla . Has anyone ever accused them of this kind of obnoxious behaviour? You have to be a gentleman first; remember always that you are not bigger than the game. Fame is a fleeting thing. Tomorrow new stars will emerge and you will be in the forgotten pages of history.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    We will have him back at Worcestershire. The best overseas player we've had for years. A shame to see this, but he'll bounce back I'm sure.

  • Naimur on February 22, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Very poor behaviour, minimum 5 years ban needed. BCB needs to take more action against such offenders.

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Apart from the gesture itself being in utterly bad taste, the fact that he apparently was not remorseful about throwing his wicket away at a crucial time in the match (and the series) does not show him in good light.

  • Android on February 22, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Bangladesh should just give up playing this game. They can't do anything right. This is a series that they should've not just won, but won convincingly against a Lankan team that has got just 1 or 2 players that deserve to play at the highest level.

  • Android on February 22, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I like to add comments and I agree that sakib should punished doesn't matter how good or how important he is in Bangladesh the same time I fell there is no strict rules or discipline .BCB should teach them they are represented our Nation.

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