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Shakib suspended for three ODIs

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February 21, 2014

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Shakib Al Hasan chides himself as Sri Lanka's players celebrate his dismissal, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, February 20, 2014
Shakib Al Hasan was punished severely for his behaviour during the second ODI © AFP

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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Posted by AbdulMohamad731 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.

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 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.

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (February 22, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

totally shakib's fault, he's the only very popular Bangladesh player, and should know how to behave, on TV, its his country he's disrespecting.

Posted by kovinbuddi on (February 22, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

Shakib Alhassan and Musfiqur Raheem are both good and fine players BD has but both of them have lost their heads.Look at Sanga, he is never proud of what he is.He doesn't show off.That is how a player should be.Do your best but still be just like any other player.Bangladesh players have a lot to learn from our hero Sanga.

Posted by   on (February 22, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

there is something telling me Shakib is not happy.i hope i am wrong.this is not the Shakib we know when he single handedly win matches for us.of course as the team best player he feel more pressure whenever he is batting.he should have know that there is some other bats man who will contribute.he may thought playing attacking innings probably help the batsman who are coming after him.but there is always two it goes either it works for u or not last few matches it didnt help thing SHAKIB should know he is much much better player than this.he doesnt need slogging to release himself from pressure.he is along with Mushfiq our best chance for win.what happened after i have no word to describe.i really hope he will not do anything like that.he is the hero of millions of bangladeshi young fans.come back SHAKIB stronger and better.we all want our old SHAKIB back

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 22, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

I don't know where people get the idea that Afghanistan are weak in the bowling department. Pakistan and Afghanistan have the best bowling line-ups in Asia. It is the batting in which Afghanistan are must vulnerable, not their bowling. Afghanistan have serious pace and serious talent that will trouble all international teams yet alone lowly Bangladesh. With Shakib's absence from the Bangladesh side Afghanistan are now clear favourites to win that game. Despite that fact it was an important stand that the BCB made as such actions as those made by Shakib cannot be ignored.

Posted by wapuser on (February 22, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

Start of fall for sakib if he did not change his attitude. I have suspected after seeing the lost of the first odi that their might be some problems in the team. Yet I am a big fan of Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (February 22, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

Timid, inactive, incompetent Jurgensen, Mcinnes taking big fat pay for doing nothing

Jurgensen, Mcinnes are completely disinterested in Bangladesh cricket and are only interested in their holidays, trips.

Heard that Jurgensen, Mcinnes are too soft and do not tell players anything inspite of repeated mistakes and let them skip practice sessions at will.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, and Rahim are 'fantastic four' who had great affects in the last ODIs win against IND. One is down but we got 3 more and will see how they do in the Asia cup without him. In the last Asia cup Tamim, and Rahim scored 50 each with shakib scoring 49 and mashrafee taking 2 wickets I guess.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

This is at any rate unacceptable. Shakib HAD a lot of foreign fans. Now he has lost most. A senior player in his caliber SHOULDN'D have done this. BCB has done its part still little escape for him. Money has changed his attitude of not respecting home game and no respect for families & sisters who are watching with small children. DISGRACE FOR YOU SHAKIB.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 21, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

When you represent a country, you bear enormous responsibility beyond merely playing a sport. You are no longer a 'personal' being, but a 'public' entity. After seeing Shakib's act, it was very bad, distasteful, and disgraceful at the minimum. He lost respect from a lot of cricket lovers all around the globe for sure. The punishment by the BCB is appropriate . He put down himself in front of the whole world, put down his Cricket team, and most of all put down the Country he represents. In addition to punishment, he and his team need immediate counseling on appropriate behavior among others, so that such kind of behavior should never occur again.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

I agree with Rouf. A hefty fine and a 1 match suspension would be adequate. We have to remember this is a veru weak side. Hardly anyone can bat or bowl at the elite level. Mominul looked so out of sorts that its hard to believe that the same player scored a ton against the Lankans. The SL bowling is very ordinary and still our batsmen just collapse every time. Sakib for all his arrogance and terrible behaviour is still the best among a sorry lot. In the interest of national honour a 10 lac Taka fine and 1 match suspension would be enough. But then again he has to commit to the team. In the last ODI he was swinging at everything. He didn't seem to care about the team. If this is how he feels towards the National Team then we are perhaps better off without him. I feel bad and sad to be saying all this. Feel so sorry for all my fellow Tiger fans.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 21, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Well done BCB!! that was a shameful and unacceptable thing Shakib did on camera. I don't care how special or valuable a player is because such players still don't make them bigger than the team and sport and this punishment can only teach them the hard lessons. Hope Shakib learns from this finally and be a right role model and make the most of his talent. He's approaching 27 now and needs to act more like his age because that was very embarrassing for nation as well.

Posted by huffpost on (February 21, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

BD deserve a better role model and mushfiq is better than shakib who did that awful and disgusting thing. Shakib seems to have forgotten his roots and humble beginning and this is the first step towards self destruction..

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Should have been punished for one year..then he will understand how much big impact a cricket player for cricket lovers...We expect outburst from Batsman when they get out ...we can understand...but his behavior was ridiculous...I had very good respect for Bangladesh team specially Shakib for his contribution in Bangla...But this behaviour made me not to look his batting sure...

Posted by JamKam on (February 21, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Good decision by BCB.No player is above the law.I got a feeling that this might unite BD and will perform much better as a team in next three matches insha'allah.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

it is pure high headedness by an overrated player. And Bangladesh media and press are responssible for this high headness. An extremely poor role model for the cricket loving youths of Bangladesh. Hope he gets some massage from the press and fans too.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 21, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

People here seem to be think we can win without Shakib. Think again. We're 7-3 without Shakib since last year. With him, 0-2

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 21, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

I agree with that. That was a disgraceful behaviour from Shakib. Shakib is the well respected Bangladeshi cricketer all around the world. Also many kids BD have Shakib as their Idol.Being in that sort of status, this type behaviour was totally unacceptable.

Posted by android_user on (February 21, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

there's no doubts that Shakib is The Most Valuable player in Bd Cricket history even he is best player in the world . But His Attitude Bad..I never blve that We are Bd Fans crying for bad result in odi but he and his some partner smiling this is really bad bad..... We Want our smile Back

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Shakib's behavior is unacceptable but I think the punishment is too severe. He could be fined and banned for one ODI. Punishment is not the only solution, BCB should consider counselling for players to improve their behavior. BCB's recent behavior regarding big three proposal was not very good either. They were very eager to accept the proposal ,only the protest of the fans saved Bangladesh test status for the time being. BCB needs to be more transparent and improve their own behavior. The media needs to be more responsible , if you see someone inappropriately dressed move your camera away rather than highlight it.

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 21, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

ok now i have seen it on youtube, to be honest it was not a good thing for any cricket team player acting in this fashion, we watch these games in family environment, should we worry about R rated BD games, it is very very poor by any standard, players are representing their nation and this very poor judgement from Shakib, i think he got away with it with only three game suspension. he should be banned for year so no one ever think about it, ICC should punish him too. First you hurt your team playing bad shot and then hurt the country name with that gesture.

Posted by android_user on (February 21, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

very good

Posted by Baundele on (February 21, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Thanks to the BCB for taking a quick and appropriate action. I am sure Shakib has already understood his mistake, and he will come back stronger.

Posted by romirom on (February 21, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

this is so emberising situation for bangladesh supporters. He should be ban for more game so that no other player dare to do such thing in future. Shakib you have to think that cricket is a game which we watch in front of our family. So behave like a good sports man.

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 21, 2014, 17:24 GMT)


BD fans read this comment of CricLook ... It was the simply best explanation to this punishment....No more words ...I agree with you mate..Well said...

Posted by CricLook on (February 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Appropriate punishment. I did not watch it or aware of it. But after getting the news and watching in youtube , I must say punishment should be even harder. A role model like him can not do this. Its cricket that give him name and fame. Better play a weak team than accept such behavior. His sense of responsibility completely absent in his recent performance. No matter how big star you are, the team, the game and above all country comes first. Really shame! I wish he can learn from this. After all we make mistake in life but it become meaningful only when we learn lesson from it.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 21, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Not that I'm supporting his act, but he definitely did it out of frustration which was evident in his body language even on the fields. Whatever is the source of his frustration, part of it might definitely come from his relationship with the team-mates, former players and the administration. For rare talents like Shakib among the average, it is always hard to come off. I won't be surprised if Shakib retires early from international cricket and players like Ashraful return to BD cricket :( The wins against West Indies and New Zealand have already become a cliche and without Shakib current Bangladesh bowling is toothless to be honest...

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 21, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Wel done BCB..When you saw a tiniest fault by anybody in any calibre who needs a punishment you gave it without any hesitation... It is worth appreciating. So all the new and present plalyers will make sure they donot do the same or similar mistake again and they all know if they do no matter who u are u will be punished..That is great ... way to go forward.#Respect ... Sad that your fans (some) just worry about sakib not in the team and treat of loosing rather than the big picture..They are so narrow minded that is all i can say..BD will loose 3 ODI without him..You want a good disciplined team or bunch of over reacting players without any discipline ???

Posted by RK204 on (February 21, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

BRAVO BCB...That's the way to go... :) I was watching that match with my parents.. That was really embarrassing... :( I think now a days he is showing a lot of attitude which is really the cause of his downfall ... Hope he will learn soon.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 21, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Shakib is not bigger than the game. He should know one such incident could ruin everything he has achieved and accomplished so far. Respect the game that made you or stop playing.

People that are saying "it's too much," no it's not. Should've been a bigger fine if not a higher number banned games. He's a well educated person and a face of Bangladesh cricket--he literally gestured what gestured to that fact, not the camera.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 21, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

SHAME on you Shakib Al Hasan. You have fans all around the world and this is how you repay their respect and affection. Shame on you for letting your team and nation down. What a childish behaviour ! Good decision by BCB. This should serve as a staunch reminder that sport should be played competitively and in the right spirit.

Posted by jw76 on (February 21, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Well done, the BCB. I wish other cricket boards would have the courage and convictions to demand appropriate standards of behaviour from their players, even when it means weakening their own teams to drive home a strong lesson.

Posted by luckybat on (February 21, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Very Good Punishment. BCB Has Done The Right Thing,No Matter How Good You Are Discipline Comes First.

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 21, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

this is the kind of attitude BD players have when they play game, no respect for coach or team and in this case for country also, they all play for them selves, very good on part of BCB to teach a lesson to players like these and Shakib is the best example to make for everyone else that no one is above discipline.

Posted by CricketerAnik on (February 21, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

He gonna miss Asia cup. it was must needed for him. Shakib has to realize that nothing but Cricket made him Star . So he has to respect the game.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (February 21, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

3 match ban is excessive punishment. A fine of 10% of his match fees would've been enough. He did nothing serious. And it was in the dressing room not on the field.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 21, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Thank you! Finally! I was hoping he was banned because of the way he played! Who plays like that? He's in way over his head. His dedication and devotion is completely missing from this team. His face tells it all. It seems like he doesn't even want to play. Watch how he gets all pretty to play IPL. Bangladesh played much better without him and Tamim last couple of series. They won without them. Until Shakib comes back down to earth he can sit out.

Posted by sankha.w.k on (February 21, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

"The incident occurred during the 33rd over of the innings, after Shakib had gotten out. He returned to the dressing room and, bare-chested with a towel wrapped around his torso, took a seat at the front of the viewing area. When the camera focused on him for a few seconds, he looked straight at the lens and gestured indecently at his private parts."

Posted by pavelhasnat on (February 21, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Brave decision taken by BCB.its good for team,first discipline then other.whatever the situation.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (February 21, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Very good!!! Even i was stunned when a player with this much experience showed such a gestue towards TV. :O

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 21, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

With Great Power comes with Great Responsibility . Best of luck . Sakib will come with full form after 3 matches. Inshallah .

Posted by Lakpj on (February 21, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

He was the only bowler who posed some treat to most of the batsmen during this tour, with Gazi being terribly out of form it will be very hard for the other bowlers to cope up with this. Being such a quality player I doubt Bangladesh have any replacements for him. you need to be strict on your players' discipline but a 3 match ban for this seems a bit too harsh. This is more or less BCB's way of showing their frustration on a disappointing tour.

Posted by wapuser on (February 21, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

International player represents his always he should concern about the country's image towards the outer world. Good decision taken by BCB.

Posted by android_user on (February 21, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

the problem is with his batting he try to hit every ball for six even afridi will b happy to see day he is not alone who looses his mind n last game could have been won by BD but shakib got out at very crucial time with irresponsible shot

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

thanks BCB for punishing him. We will rather lose like old days but we need players with commitment and dedication..

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

I agree with BCB's position. He should learn how to control the behavior !

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

Thank you BCB. I was so ashamed of his behavior. My daughters woke up early in the morning as i was watching the game and the elder daughter was stunned and kind of started giving me a look like this is what your country men do? she immediately left the tv room and i am guessing it will take long time for me to convince her to watch a cricket game with me. I know to Shakib this was nothing but a one off thing but for me loosing the accompany of my family to watch a bd cricket game. Hope these players understand what they are doing...

Posted by Fogu on (February 21, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

I applaud BCB for their tough decision. In lower ranked teams, there is usually a tendency to overlook bad behavior but this decision will send a strong message to everyone. This may even reenergize the team. Go Tigers!

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (February 21, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Great decision.sakib has been the weak piont for bd in this series.he reapedtedly bowled down leg to sanga and gave him free 4s.he got runout in 1st odi where there was no run.annd in 2 nd match he played a crazy 20 run will be great without him siense we will get winning combination back.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Good decision has been taken by BCB, thanks bcb.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

The fans who praise the decision will criticize the same decision after tomorrow match. You can not be emotional with cricket because this is a mind game that is why so many hearts are attracted all over the glob by this great form of game . According to BD's present situation Shakib is irreplaceable, there is no substitute to replace that experience and talent in the team anyway forget his batting and look at his bawling he is among the best that you have. I guess another Harsh decision by BCB. Good Luck for both teams.

Posted by Wahid59 on (February 21, 2014, 14:55 GMT)

The dissent shown by Shakib ( as shown in this picture) was out of frustration with himself; it was not aimed at the umpire or anyone else: a 3-match suspension for that! Am I missing something?

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Good decision. Discipline is and always will be the most key aspect of a team. We don't expect such attitude from a player of Shakib's calibre. He should be more responsible for his action on and off the field.

Posted by android_user on (February 21, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Not a blow actually. This was required. Shakib has changed a lot in the last 2 year's. We won vs NZ without Shakib. Player of his calibre will definitely be missed but hope he learns from this and comes back strongly.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

So now Naeem can play in his well deserved spot. Wish it did not take this to make that decision.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 21, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

I would like to Thank BCB for its action. Nobody is above the law and player should remember that. Shakib is one of our main player and punishing him will give a clear message to others. There are incidents when some cricket board try to hide wrong doing of their player but BCB hadn't so well done. Anyway as I said in my last comment it is better to not have him in team despite him being one of our main player because he never take any responsibility on field. Hope to get someone who'll perform

Posted by wapuser on (February 21, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Very very poor desicion by BCB against Sakib because he is a star in Bangladashe.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Thats a very sad news for BD fans and also BD team. and we shamed that !

Posted by sporso on (February 21, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Good decision has been taken by BCB, shakib should keep his foot on the ground n BCB should be strict enough regarding the attitude n commitment issues of the players, No matter how big player you are. Last few games, shakib is not hundred percent committed. So a brave step taken by BCB which is admire able.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 21, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Yes thats a great decision :D. Shakib didn't play series against NZ, WI and we won them. Not having him will allow us to have player who will play for the country not for himself like Shakib does. He has been selfish for a long time and only seem to focus on himself. Good to see you are gone. Now we have a better chance without him :)

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