Bangladesh news February 24, 2014

No reduction in Shakib ban, says BCB president


BCB president Nazmul Hassan has ruled out any reduction to Shakib Al Hasan's three-match suspension, handed down by the board for an inappropriate gesture. He also expressed his concern over Mushfiqur Rahim's comments where the Bangladesh captain said he wasn't consulted over the selection of the Asia Cup squad.

Shakib was suspended on the eve of the third ODI against Sri Lanka for an inappropriate gesture he made on live television during the second match. After the series ended, Mushfiqur, the Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen and Mashrafe Mortaza had requested Hassan to rethink Shakib's punishment. Mushfiqur later said the request was made for the sake of the team composition for their Asia Cup matches against India and Afghanistan.

Hassan, however, said the punishment would act as a deterrent to future indiscretions by players.

"It was difficult to take the decision against him and it is equally difficult to overturn that decision," Nazmul said. "I told the team management that I have nothing against Shakib the person. We have taken an action against his behaviour. Shakib is not an issue here. Anyone who does such a thing will be punished. I don't see any way we can reduce the punishment.

"We took the decision on Shakib to give the message that nobody is above the law. I think after sometime, nobody will even think of doing such a thing."

Hassan said that while he hadn't discussed the selection issue with either Mushfiqur or chief selector Faruque Ahmed, but was disappointed at the sudden public airing of grievances.

"It was not good to hear such a comment from him at this time," Hassan said. "He should have told us first. I don't know what compelled him to tell the media first. Of course, I need to know the background. I haven't spoken to [former chief selector] Akram Khan but if he tells me that he consulted Mushfiqur before selecting the squad, I would say that there has been a communication gap between the captain and the new chief selector.

"From what I have gathered from Mushfiqur's comments, where do we have so many alternatives? We don't have 4-5 players to choose from. This team has been playing well for the past two years, but there can be a question about why Mahmudullah isn't there? I don't think there was any other player worth changing other than him. It is sad if such issues are made about one or two players."

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

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  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    yeah no doubt there is no other alternative player of sakib but we are not depended only one player . we should play as a team Bangladesh .. and we did it few months ago where we played against new zealand and whitewashed them without sakib .. so team bangladesh should look forward their upcoming match and should think about the match ... and bcb took the right decision .. Law is law and its equal for all player no one is out of it

  • Sanju on February 26, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Shaqib is one player who with his all round skills would have made any opposition struggle. But sadly now the team is just a toothless tiger. The management should have the best interest of the team when making such rash decisions, the pride of the Country is far greater than their need to control their players. Now even with 200% effort from rest of the team, they just don't stand a chance with any team other than Afghanistan which again will be a struggle. Hope they will learn from this mistake.

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    @DanielRob... I agree with you that BCB took the right decision. But your guess is absolutely wrong. What do you mean by upbringing of bd ppl like this only!!!??? I think BD cricketers are one of the most well behaved team around off or on the field!! It's not right to blam an entire team or country based on one cricketer's behavior!!!

  • M.G. on February 25, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    good observation and well said @SamWintson92. after all the adversaries the bd team have been going through lately, if they can hold onto their own moral ground strongly, leaving behind all the negativities of the past three weeks, concentrate on their own performances, realizing their old glories in their own soil, and give all they can do in the coming games, -- all of which are hard to do but possible, then there is a chance to bounce back for the team in this asiacup. it will take a mountain to overcome this, can the tigers pull up the improbable?

  • ESPN on February 25, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Good disisuton

  • Shabbir on February 25, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Mushifique obviously made those comments to boost team morale. There is obviously a "them and us situation" going on between BCB and the BD Tigers. Should the captain and coach be consulted with the selection process? ... well yes. Would the team have been much different if Mushi was involved in the selection process? ... not much.

    Tamim is injured and being saved for the World T20. Shakib's actions could not go unpunished. By approaching the board for leniency on Shakibs punishment, rightly or wrongly, Mushi has shown the team he is there for them. Hopefully this boost morale.

    What's done is done. The tigers now need to put this behind them and get on with repeating or improving on their runner up position from the last Asia Cup.

  • Nasim on February 25, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Ha, ha! very keen observation indeed @SamWintson92... Considering those facts, have you thought of us BD fans how selfless and optimist we are to support our team? Yet, many people don't appreciate our effort rather accuse us for spoiling our players... Shame!

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Correct decision by BCB.Shakib is the best player in Bangladesh side that's right.But punishing the best player would alert other players.

  • ESPN on February 25, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Shakib should obey the law. Captain should not say anything in favor of shakib.

  • Daniel on February 25, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Great decision by BCB!! no matter how good a player he is, he should have been banned for what he did.. what he did was an insult to this great game of Cricket..but i guess the upbringing of ppl in BD is like this only. Shakib proved it.. Shame for BD!! Great decision BCB.. hats off to you!!

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