Bangladesh cricket February 22, 2014

A punishment that should have come earlier

Shakib Al Hasan has had discipline issues in the past, and had he been pulled up earlier this latest incident may not have occurred
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Less than 24 hours after his dressing-room misdemeanor, Shakib Al Hasan left the Shere Bangla National Stadium with a three-ODI ban and a heavy fine. The punishment may seem disproportionate to this particular crime, but it is a fair verdict for a man who has enjoyed lots of leeway as Bangladesh's No. 1 cricketer.

Shakib's inappropriate gesture during the second ODI against Sri Lanka was the big incident waiting to happen, after several smaller ones over nearly four years were overlooked by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Shakib's first public outburst was in October 2010 but the incident was buried under his match-winning performance on that day, and the bigger picture was missed. He was on 92 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand when there was movement near the sightscreen that the umpires could not stop. After a few minutes Shakib, Bangladesh captain at the time, ran towards the sightscreen, hurled abuse and threatened to hit the offender with his bat.

He was warned by the match referee but because he had led Bangladesh to their first major series victory over higher-ranked New Zealand, the BCB ignored the incident despite it happening in front of a large audience.

Shakib hit a low before and during the 2011 World Cup. In the lead up to the tournament there were several reports of him giving the BCB a hard time over small issues, while also having a bigger battle with them over permanent captaincy.

After Bangladesh's World Cup match against West Indies, several people in the Mirpur grandstand complained Shakib had reacted too strongly when he was booed. The offending picture was spread over the internet and published in several newspapers.

Within days of that incident, Shakib blasted former national cricketers in his Prothom Alo column, retaliating to their criticism of Bangladesh's implosion against West Indies. All the BCB did at the time was put a gag-order on the whole team for a few days, until Bangladesh beat England in Chittagong and everything was forgotten and forgiven.

A few months after the World Cup, in August 2011, Shakib was sacked as captain after Bangladesh lost a Test and an ODI series to Zimbabwe. The decision derailed the team, and the BCB was seen as being responsible, not Shakib. If this was Monopoly, Shakib seemed to hold all the get-out-of-jail-free cards.

In this latest incident, Shakib seemed to be getting angry because the camera had panned on him in the dressing room more than once. Shafiul Islam, the player sitting next to him, was laughing when Shakib suddenly gestured towards his crotch. The laughing continued, but by then the camera had refocused on the cricket. Shakib had played a poor shot to get out, and the immediate television attention was the trigger.

There has always been a tendency to portray Shakib as a dissenter against authority, particularly during his battle with the BCB regarding permanent captaincy. He wanted the board to stop naming a captain on a series-by-series basis, and he had his way.

While he was praised for his vision as Bangladesh captain and his record as an allrounder, there are not many in the BCB who have disciplined him when necessary. Nobody was willing to be held responsible for annoying the country's most valuable cricketer. It has been done this time, though, and quickly by BCB's standards

Shakib has been delivered a clear message, but he should have got it at least three years ago, through a different medium. On a crisp winter evening, Shakib walked into a room full of five-year-olds and they screamed his name in delight. He is a hero to people of all ages in Bangladesh, and that cheer should have been enough to make him understand his responsibilities.

Perhaps the healing process can start with him saying sorry to the kids.

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

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  • POSTED BY Frazbest on | February 27, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    They think and act like superstars even though they are pretty average. Even Afghanistan can beat them with ease .

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | February 25, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Well, we all do mistakes, and Shakib's a young fellow. I fail to understand what was going on in this Nazmul fellow's head, as well as, BCB to rational such sever punishment of their #1 player, don't know whether he'd personal grudge against him, or what; I know he is a politician first , may be zero cricket knowhow; but as you look at others, - harbajan gets away with virtually no punishments against aussies in aus, bad boy kholi gets away with constant misbehavoir games after games, bad boy Peterson being tolerated for years until cutting off lately, and I perhaps can go on. And bd, at the dawn of important asiacup, he comes up with sever verdict against his star player; this makes little sense. bd fans should held this fellow and the BCB responsible for their likely failure in this asiacup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Disciplining does no mean you have to ban someone !

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    To all the people commenting to increase Shakibs ban. Just a mere query why would you want your best player out of the game. Yes what he did was certainly wrong but he was clearly frustrated. He has achieved more milestones than any Bangladeshi player. Even someone as great as Shane Warne, Murali or Kevin Pietersen looses their calm then it is natural for a player to do so. The ban given to him is justified but that does not give anyone any right to take away what he had done for Bangladesh. To be honest if he played a match winning innings and did the same action for which he got banned the same people who are degrading him would carry him around in their shoulders. Shakib is someone all cricket lovers should be proud of as he achieved so much coming from a team like Bangladesh where everyone under performs and someone like Shakib is being made the scape goat. Bangladesh Cricket were moving in the right direction but its the fans who expect way too much and the reality hurts !

  • POSTED BY iffy187 on | February 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    This mirrors the pieterson situation with england, while results are going your way no one bats an eye lid, when the backs are up against the wall the boards will always look to a scapegoat, rightly or wrongly, on this occasion shakib has paid the price.

  • POSTED BY AbdulMohamad731 on | February 24, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Shakib's arrogance is unbelievable. He always plays too many shots and throws away his wicket at crucial stages.

    BCB must increase his ban further for such poor attitude.

  • POSTED BY naimurchowdhury32 on | February 24, 2014, 10:56 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.

  • POSTED BY Rafe25 on | February 23, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    I think Joe is right to some extent. Shakib is a good above average player and thats it. The main problem with Bangladesh cricket is that they are always happy with their team despite it being the worst Test playing nation for years now. i would say that in few years time even Ireland and Afghanistan would be beating this team quite regularly. Shakib was suspended quite rightly and him in the side only makes Bang team a little better only. You ppl should accept it that being in this team only makes his average performances outshine. Otherwise he would struggle to even make the playing XI in most of the teams. I am fully with you, Mr. Joe.

  • POSTED BY godshand on | February 23, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Joe, have your ever held a cricket bad or bowled in nets itself. There is nothing wrong with Shakib's skills, its just that you can't digest a Bangladeshi hog the spotlight. Learn to appreciate your opponents' skills rather than critising for the heck of it!!!

  • POSTED BY Wahid59 on | February 23, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    @ Joe Thompson:an average player ( at best!) topping the chart of all-rounder rankings (in all format) for years together! Shame on ICC (or should it be you)? Nobody is claiming that he is world's best batsman or bowler, he is SIMPLY the best all-rounder for quite a long period of time. All the idea about all-rounders are he don't need to be the best in either category; being just above average (which he definitely is, notwithstanding your biased opinion) in both is good enough. Yes, their were the days of (mainly) great bowlers, who happened to be above average batsmen as well and made into awesome all-rounders (Botham, Imran, Kapil, Hadlee). But in the last 20 years other than Kallis there was nor a single cricketer who could claim as a top class batsman or bowler and above average in the other. Regarding comparing with Ireland and Afghanistan, this actually has become cliche and when you have to use 'if','had' to prove your point; there are some sort of 'wishful thinking' involved !

  • POSTED BY Frazbest on | February 27, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    They think and act like superstars even though they are pretty average. Even Afghanistan can beat them with ease .

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | February 25, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Well, we all do mistakes, and Shakib's a young fellow. I fail to understand what was going on in this Nazmul fellow's head, as well as, BCB to rational such sever punishment of their #1 player, don't know whether he'd personal grudge against him, or what; I know he is a politician first , may be zero cricket knowhow; but as you look at others, - harbajan gets away with virtually no punishments against aussies in aus, bad boy kholi gets away with constant misbehavoir games after games, bad boy Peterson being tolerated for years until cutting off lately, and I perhaps can go on. And bd, at the dawn of important asiacup, he comes up with sever verdict against his star player; this makes little sense. bd fans should held this fellow and the BCB responsible for their likely failure in this asiacup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Disciplining does no mean you have to ban someone !

  • POSTED BY on | February 25, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    To all the people commenting to increase Shakibs ban. Just a mere query why would you want your best player out of the game. Yes what he did was certainly wrong but he was clearly frustrated. He has achieved more milestones than any Bangladeshi player. Even someone as great as Shane Warne, Murali or Kevin Pietersen looses their calm then it is natural for a player to do so. The ban given to him is justified but that does not give anyone any right to take away what he had done for Bangladesh. To be honest if he played a match winning innings and did the same action for which he got banned the same people who are degrading him would carry him around in their shoulders. Shakib is someone all cricket lovers should be proud of as he achieved so much coming from a team like Bangladesh where everyone under performs and someone like Shakib is being made the scape goat. Bangladesh Cricket were moving in the right direction but its the fans who expect way too much and the reality hurts !

  • POSTED BY iffy187 on | February 24, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    This mirrors the pieterson situation with england, while results are going your way no one bats an eye lid, when the backs are up against the wall the boards will always look to a scapegoat, rightly or wrongly, on this occasion shakib has paid the price.

  • POSTED BY AbdulMohamad731 on | February 24, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Shakib's arrogance is unbelievable. He always plays too many shots and throws away his wicket at crucial stages.

    BCB must increase his ban further for such poor attitude.

  • POSTED BY naimurchowdhury32 on | February 24, 2014, 10:56 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.

  • POSTED BY Rafe25 on | February 23, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    I think Joe is right to some extent. Shakib is a good above average player and thats it. The main problem with Bangladesh cricket is that they are always happy with their team despite it being the worst Test playing nation for years now. i would say that in few years time even Ireland and Afghanistan would be beating this team quite regularly. Shakib was suspended quite rightly and him in the side only makes Bang team a little better only. You ppl should accept it that being in this team only makes his average performances outshine. Otherwise he would struggle to even make the playing XI in most of the teams. I am fully with you, Mr. Joe.

  • POSTED BY godshand on | February 23, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Joe, have your ever held a cricket bad or bowled in nets itself. There is nothing wrong with Shakib's skills, its just that you can't digest a Bangladeshi hog the spotlight. Learn to appreciate your opponents' skills rather than critising for the heck of it!!!

  • POSTED BY Wahid59 on | February 23, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    @ Joe Thompson:an average player ( at best!) topping the chart of all-rounder rankings (in all format) for years together! Shame on ICC (or should it be you)? Nobody is claiming that he is world's best batsman or bowler, he is SIMPLY the best all-rounder for quite a long period of time. All the idea about all-rounders are he don't need to be the best in either category; being just above average (which he definitely is, notwithstanding your biased opinion) in both is good enough. Yes, their were the days of (mainly) great bowlers, who happened to be above average batsmen as well and made into awesome all-rounders (Botham, Imran, Kapil, Hadlee). But in the last 20 years other than Kallis there was nor a single cricketer who could claim as a top class batsman or bowler and above average in the other. Regarding comparing with Ireland and Afghanistan, this actually has become cliche and when you have to use 'if','had' to prove your point; there are some sort of 'wishful thinking' involved !

  • POSTED BY the_predator on | February 23, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    BD FANS, dont think emotionally, what Thompson has said is deadly correct. I also pointed the same thing in some other post. IIC ranking? Acoording to that ICC ranking even INDIA was rank no 1 in ICC ranking. is that justified ?obviously no (and I am an INDIAN). Sakib is your best not worlds best.a bowling average of 29.x in spinning trac against WI/NZ/ZIM is good?in test his bowling avg is 33.5.Ishant sharma, playing on tracks graveyard for fast bowling is ~36,and people make fun of him(against INDIA sakibs bowling avg is 58).Batting avg of 34 that too playing on home.If you consider playing home soil can be taken as good indicator, then after failing so much rohit sharma and suresh raina (INDIAS two worst batsmen), has avg of 35.batting average against AUS:21,eng:26,Nz:27.ashwin(spiner, not even considered a alronunder) has batting avg of 40 (tst). He is perhaps above average but he is not extraordinary as BD FANS makes him to be. Dont make him as benchmark, else BD wont progress

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 23, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    The way Shakib has been batting does not match the respect some people give him. With too much money and no accountability he has become a changed man. If you watch his old games before becoming top rated alrounder you will see he bats much more carelessly now.

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | February 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    I find the comments from Mr. Joe Thompson misleading and derogatory to a fine cricketer like Shakib Al Hasan. This is most likely because of the origin of the later from Bangladesh. Aside from his ICC records, Shakib has been recognized and sought after by the world cricket experts from English County Cricket, Indian IPL and the BBL years after years. I agree with the credible comments from Mr. RuhulChowdhury that punishment for misbehavior is different from cricket talent. In the same arguments of Mr. Thompson, if we also take out Mr. Kallis's apparently extraordinary performances against weaker teams like Zim, NZ, WI and BD, then your cited averages of him against your so called mighties like Aus, Eng, Ind etc are bound to fall; thus, the overperformances against weaker teams averages out the underperformannces of the mighty teams to come up with his current ICC record, where Shakib outperforms Kallis. It's wise to appreciate a cricket talent aside from his or her land of origin.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Imran, Kapil Deev, Ian Botham Now they were world class allrounders, Kallis is one still playing. Shakib dont come close to them. How many matches he has won single handedly against top 5 teams. He is good in Bangladesh team and thats that.

  • POSTED BY RuhulChowdhury on | February 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @ Joe Thompson, dude you cant question Shakib's quality as a player. You taking away his BBL debut performance because Adelaide pitch is flat? No doubt Kalis was the best all-rounder since Sobers but if you take away Kalis's records from playing on flat and against weaker opponents do you really think it would look that formidable? Blame Shakib for his gesture but you cant deny his talent and quality as a cricketer. You maybe an expert in cricket but there are millions of other cricket fans around the world know that Shakib is one of the very few genuine all-rounders we have right now.

  • POSTED BY tigers_eye on | February 23, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    @Joe Thompson: Yes, 35 - 32 avg is mediocre yet you kind find another in all format. How funny.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @ Joe Thompson: Where in the World do you live bro???!? Do you even know about the ICC Ranking of Players...??? He made a wrong gesture and and as a senior player he should be very careful about these things..... I thank BCB for a well deserved punishment given to him for this lunatic act..... but, that no way puts a question on his caliber in this game...!!! questioning on his class and ability in such way ? Please visit this link to further enlighten your knowledge on this: http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211270.html If you are still not convinced, I truly feel sorry for you bro...!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Well Sakib is an world class player and maintaining top ranks in the top all rounders list for quite a long time now. No doubt. He can ball well under any condition and can bash the ball of the world best bowlers as well. but as far as vulgar behaviour is concerned, I must say BCB should have taken steps long time ago, like Virat kohli should have been considered for punishment for his very rude & inappropriate behaviour. No cricketer is above any country or CRICKET itself. If I was in BCB then he would had to face at least banned for 1 dozen matches + bigger fines. As because, he was caught few times earlier for such type of behaviour. I hope he will learn from his mistakes and promote modesty in his behaviour.

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    There's nothing special about this Shakib Al Hasan. Yes by Bangladesh standards, he's their best but in terms of world cricket, he's average at best. He has a batting average of 35 and bowling 32 and according to Bangladesh fans, that makes him special lol don't forget that even with that record, the amount of games played on flat batting surfaces and the numerous amount of games played against teams like Zimbabwe whom if you remove such records off, his record will slump. Problem with Bangladesh Cricket right now it no world class quality batsman, bowler and fielder which all the top teams have. Had teams like Ireland and Afghanistan gotten the support and funding as Bangladesh, they would've been 5 times of more better than Bangladesh in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY bootlicker on | February 23, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Sakthiivel, I think SLC know how to treat their players, the contrasting thing is SLC players have no evidence behaving in vulgar manner like Sakib. The most recent incident was the argument between Malinga and the Media. The SLC nicely handled situation, I guess. The other incident was Peterson's case, I think ECB handled the case bit harshly but he (Peterson) was misbehaving from a long time and it was one of the reasons for Strauss's untimely retirement. No wonder SLC won the 'Spirit of the Game' for many years.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | February 23, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    How come Virat Kohli, David Warner etc get away with worse?

  • POSTED BY on | February 23, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Focus on the cricket. Bangaldesh need their best players to show maturity...

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | February 23, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    If NZ can constantly support the wild character of Ryder, Australia can give mini punishment to Wagner for his outrageous behavior with Root and a journalist why can BCB not be lenient with Shakib. His behavior was inappropriate but a one match ban could have been enough. May be they expect BD team to perform ordinarily in Asia cup and by banning Shakib they will now have an excuse readily available if they do not perform well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    this is very bad for any cricketer but that punishment is very small i thought they gonna suspend for a year........................

  • POSTED BY IAS2009 on | February 22, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    no team need super stars with bad behavior, it will never build up a team and send wrong signal to youth, so defenders of Shakib are saying he could be bad with people and humiliate them because he is super star and should not be punished. If the country can not come up with talented players give citizenship to foreign players who can play better. It is the culture of feeling privileged by BD players, their selfish behaviors ket the team always. Just see MR at press conference after every loss, guys is out of excuses.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Pathetic Posts like this is demeaning Shakib, BCB & Editor himself too. We should have been injecting sportmanship & support in our blood in a positive manner. Let us not think ourselves as the best judge or criticizer of all time. The punishment is enough to be an Example for the next generation. But let us not spread hatred towards any of the players in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Why Sakib has been suspended for three matches? If he has to be punished why not for one match only.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 22, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    he should be banned for 10 matches at least.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 22, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Shakib's inappropriate behaviors as a person definitely urges due punishments, and though people change little, I hope he will redeem himself as a human being. However, fellow fans who are cheering that without the player Shakib, Bangladesh will start to win matches as they did in past two occasions - as if Shakib is the 'finally revealed' source of all the nuisance in the team - are building castle in the air...

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/current/story/531598.html

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    I feel sorry for the BCB. What were they to do? They have one player who can single-handedly save the game or win it. His behaviour is atrocious for sure. But we cannot do without this bloke. Every sport has these rogue stars who are bent on causing trouble. Look at KP in England. he is the same story and finally England just dumped him. Crikoot makes a good point when he says that Sakib's shabby behaviour is a reflection of the country as a whole. Look at how our political leaders behave for instance. No one asks how they amassed these huge fortunes that they own. I feel sorry for cricket in Bangladesh. But most of all I despair when I see the deep depths that we are sinking into, on every other front as well.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 22, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    I think BCB over reacted to the incident. Just given warning and should let him go. SLC and BCB don't know how to treat and groom players.

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 22, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    "A few months after the World Cup, in August 2011, Shakib was sacked as captain after Bangladesh lost a Test and an ODI series to Zimbabwe. The decision derailed the team, and the BCB was seen as being responsible..." why not?

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/story/531781.html

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 22, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Shakib should try and be an idol for people. Being a top player he should realize that people look up to him. He should give them a leader and player and a gentleman who they can look upto. He can learn from players like Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, ...... They not only succeed in their careers but also inspired many others.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | February 22, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    He is the most pathetic player in world cricket. Look at his attitude. Can't bowl properly, cant bat properly but attitude is 100%.

    Good riddance!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 22, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    kp is a legend n u r comparin him with shakib

  • POSTED BY ooper_cut on | February 22, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Pathetic display from a senior revered cricketer. Hope he comes out of this for the better. IPL money has gotten to him, methinks.

  • POSTED BY tiger1984 on | February 22, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    a perfect decision .............as no one is above the team.......a great spoiled dude like shakib should have been given a node long ago...........hope he realizes or else it will be another KP chapter

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 22, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Absolutely agree with @Crikoot. BCB couldn't handle him earlier for weakness within and overcompensating now. This is also why Bangladesh, even at 14 years of test status, haven't produced another player as of his caliber- rather spoiled fresh promising talents like Ashraful. Same reason why after starting to play cricket even earlier than Sri Lanka, Bangladesh still deals with inexperienced fresh-bloods rather than seasoned players harvested from sustainable plans and infrastructure.

    BTW, fans have minimum role, if any, to create a star out of a player, it is the player's own credentials plus the media that put him where he belongs...

  • POSTED BY Crikoot on | February 22, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Shakib;s punishment was due but a bit over reacted by BCB (Typical). Shakib or Bangladesh team is just a reflection as a whole of Bangladesh present state of affairs. The way BCB was elected and constituted through questionable means - is bound to impact negatively. Their role in recent changes of ICC structure shows tremendous weakness and selfishness. As long as we are naive enough that the players are not at all impacted by the present state of national politics of Bangladesh -- there is no long term solution for the team.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | February 22, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    wow, i have never seen any cricketer behave like this before , did he not know that the TV coverage was being watch by millions of people around the world ?

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Shakib is a gifted cricketer for BD. Most cricketers with extra ordinary talent are hot tempered. Accumulation of past offences and handing over a heavy penalty will not help any player. I totally agree the actions should have come long before. I see current BD team has enough talents and it would be a reckoning force soon despite the fact commentators look bias towards IND, AUS, ENG, NZ and SA when they play against other countries.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Bangladesh has plenty of talent, considerable interest, a large player base and reasonable opportunities. The critics of their international performances are often surprised by their non performances. Here is the answer. There is an intangible ingredient that successful sports teams have. It is an attitude that we saw in the likes of the great West Indies in the 80's, and the Australians, South Africans and Indians thereafter. Is Sakib's behaviour a reflection of the team's? Is that the reason they are not progressing?

  • POSTED BY AbdulMohamad731 on | February 22, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Very poor behaviousr, should have been atleast 5 years ban. Coaches also must take responsibility.

    Jurgensen, Mcinnes should take the blame for poor performances. As high paid international coaches, they are not competent and motivated enough.

    BCB must look for new coaches.

  • POSTED BY AbdulMohamad731 on | February 22, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Jurgensen, Mcinnes should take the blame for poor performances. As high paid international coaches, they are not competent and motivated enough.

    BCB must look for new coaches.

  • POSTED BY SarfBD on | February 22, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    And with all these analysis, we, fans, need to grow some brain. We have to understand that our players have to go a long way before being compared to modern greats like Kallis (Shakib) or Shewag (Tamim). This sort of attitude from fans doesn't help the players to keep their feet on the ground. After having one or two seasons as an international player, they lose the plot to sudden superstardom and behave as they are untouchable. Shakib could be managed if all the supporting factors didn't spoil him.

  • POSTED BY sunviraj_10 on | February 22, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Isam vai!

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    A timely written article by Mohammad Isam, Kudos for the shake. Shakib and like minded people should know that they are not bigger than the game, the emotion that the nation hold for them. May Shakib learn with sincerity and come back fresh with respects and responsibilities.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Rational decision by BCB....

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    You are right Mr. Isam. This is the fault of BCB bypassing his fault earlier. But we hope he will come as reformed personality. Without good wish from fan no sports person can survive. We the fans, can make him zero from Hero.

  • POSTED BY Salkhan10 on | February 22, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    It is quite apt that Shakib has been meted out an exemplary punishment for his apparent indecent gesture. It should be a lesson for the rest of the team that in sport, discipline is the most important virtue to be adhered to no matter what important position or fame he may have and nobody is above law. Having said that, I also want to believe that this punishment is not the result of any personal anger or grudge between the management and the player. Management should ensure that rule is applied to everyone in fair judgement else suspicion will creep into the mind of public as to their real intention.

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | February 22, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Excellent punishment. Should have been more severe. He's got to learn from Sri Lankan and Pakistani Cricketers most of whom are far beter than him how to behave on the group and in the dressing room. Bangaladeshi media is partly respoisible for his mis behaviour trying to make him one of the best Crickets in the world. he should know where he stands . Lesson for some of the other Bangaladeshi players tryng to imitate him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    The Main Problem In Bangladesh Is That Their Cricketers Are Made Super Heroes Overnight.They Don't Do Anything Extra Ordinary To Be Praised And Worshiped So Much. Still Ranked Number 10. Take A Example From The Sri Lankan Team. They Are Well Disciplined. They Play Hard With Good Spirit, The Country Is More Important Than The Individual. That's Why They Have More Awards In The Cupboard. He Shouild Have Been Given A Heavier Punishment, Like A One Year Ban.Good Work By BCB.

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  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    The Main Problem In Bangladesh Is That Their Cricketers Are Made Super Heroes Overnight.They Don't Do Anything Extra Ordinary To Be Praised And Worshiped So Much. Still Ranked Number 10. Take A Example From The Sri Lankan Team. They Are Well Disciplined. They Play Hard With Good Spirit, The Country Is More Important Than The Individual. That's Why They Have More Awards In The Cupboard. He Shouild Have Been Given A Heavier Punishment, Like A One Year Ban.Good Work By BCB.

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | February 22, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Excellent punishment. Should have been more severe. He's got to learn from Sri Lankan and Pakistani Cricketers most of whom are far beter than him how to behave on the group and in the dressing room. Bangaladeshi media is partly respoisible for his mis behaviour trying to make him one of the best Crickets in the world. he should know where he stands . Lesson for some of the other Bangaladeshi players tryng to imitate him.

  • POSTED BY Salkhan10 on | February 22, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    It is quite apt that Shakib has been meted out an exemplary punishment for his apparent indecent gesture. It should be a lesson for the rest of the team that in sport, discipline is the most important virtue to be adhered to no matter what important position or fame he may have and nobody is above law. Having said that, I also want to believe that this punishment is not the result of any personal anger or grudge between the management and the player. Management should ensure that rule is applied to everyone in fair judgement else suspicion will creep into the mind of public as to their real intention.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    You are right Mr. Isam. This is the fault of BCB bypassing his fault earlier. But we hope he will come as reformed personality. Without good wish from fan no sports person can survive. We the fans, can make him zero from Hero.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Rational decision by BCB....

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    A timely written article by Mohammad Isam, Kudos for the shake. Shakib and like minded people should know that they are not bigger than the game, the emotion that the nation hold for them. May Shakib learn with sincerity and come back fresh with respects and responsibilities.

  • POSTED BY sunviraj_10 on | February 22, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Couldn't agree more Isam vai!

  • POSTED BY SarfBD on | February 22, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    And with all these analysis, we, fans, need to grow some brain. We have to understand that our players have to go a long way before being compared to modern greats like Kallis (Shakib) or Shewag (Tamim). This sort of attitude from fans doesn't help the players to keep their feet on the ground. After having one or two seasons as an international player, they lose the plot to sudden superstardom and behave as they are untouchable. Shakib could be managed if all the supporting factors didn't spoil him.

  • POSTED BY AbdulMohamad731 on | February 22, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Jurgensen, Mcinnes should take the blame for poor performances. As high paid international coaches, they are not competent and motivated enough.

    BCB must look for new coaches.

  • POSTED BY AbdulMohamad731 on | February 22, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Very poor behaviousr, should have been atleast 5 years ban. Coaches also must take responsibility.

    Jurgensen, Mcinnes should take the blame for poor performances. As high paid international coaches, they are not competent and motivated enough.

    BCB must look for new coaches.