Bangladesh news February 24, 2014

No reduction in Shakib ban, says BCB president

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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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  • 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

  • Oracle_Magus 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.

  • 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!!!

  • i_amVIVA 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?

  • on February 25, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Good disisuton

  • BanglaBandhu 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.

  • Bangladesh_Forever 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!

  • 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.

  • on February 25, 2014, 6:21 GMT

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

  • DanielRob 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!!

  • 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

  • Oracle_Magus 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.

  • 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!!!

  • i_amVIVA 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?

  • on February 25, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Good disisuton

  • BanglaBandhu 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.

  • Bangladesh_Forever 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!

  • 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.

  • on February 25, 2014, 6:21 GMT

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

  • DanielRob 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!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    It seems to me that continued defeats all in a row made Bangladesh Team, its management and even BCB in a volatile situation. They are now facing what to do situations due to multi-faced roles of event management, diplomacy, security etc. And poor performance , injury, bad reactions all together made a mess. The intensity of "punishment for Sakib seemed to be an over acted one". One match suspension along with monetary punishment could be enough". Punishment one disciplinary ground is has equal implication in public mind". It seem to me BD cricket is much shaken at the moment due to issues like poor performance in all sectors against Srilanka, High Expectations from the team, ugly batting display of some players including Sakib, Tamim, Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahmudulla, Mominul, Anamul and bowlers. None could maintain to momentum for a single win!!!. Nothing positive achieve against Srilanka i.e Fitness issues , BCB reaction, 3rd umpire's poor decisions , filed umpires poor umpiring etc

  • InsideHedge on February 25, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    But the TV station is within its rights to zoom in on players who are sitting in the confines of the dressing room? Just a few weeks ago, we had the SuperSport SA crew repeatedly showing Kohli getting hit during a ODI and interchanging with images of him receiving ice treatment, the supposition was that he was hurt/scared/incapable. In the very next match, a Test at Joburg, he hit a ton and 96.

    Here's hoping Shakin answers these ppl in the same manner. The whole thing has been blown out of proportion. They keep showing footage of him getting out and then panning to him in the dressing room with the constant "irresponsible shot" commentary from the so-called experts. Had that ball gone over the ropes then suddenly he's a genius. Fine line between success and failure. While Shakib's gesture may have been lewd, he was provoked unquestionably.

    Really surprised at the reaction of the BD fans. I expected some support for their key player, instead they've taken the moral high ground.

  • SamWintson92 on February 25, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    Continued... 8. Some obsessed fans can now bring on matches which Ban won without Shakib & Tamim. But they were before the SL series. Post the disappointing outing against SL in home soil, I suspect they can even repeat the performance. 9. Look, if you loss that's fine. But you need to play to your potential & use your resources & spend it effectively. Plus Ban always does selection error. For example: 77 test bowling average Rubel in test ???, Persistance with Farhad Reza in T20s who has ordinary T20 stats ???, Overlooking Naeem Islam in the 1st 2 ODIs (He was man of the match 63 in 3rd ODI vs NZ & scored 50+ in the 1st ODI in the same series) & inlcusion of totally out of form Mahmudullah ??? 10. How can Ban expect to win ???

  • SamWintson92 on February 25, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    1. Well, no one needs to be an Einstein to realize that this Nazmul Hassan is a political person & I'm pretty sure he has no great knowledge about cricket to run it. 2. From what I've seen from Ban in the recent matches, the bowlers of opposition hardly need to do anything extra-ordinary to get Ban batsmen out. They just need to keep on bowling as Ban batsman gives his wicket automatically. 4. Ok, if the Ban batsman fails to give his wicket away then no worries he gets run out as the Ban batsmen also can't run ! Funny ! 5. I don't know what's up with Ban fans. I'm seeing they're quite against their main two weapons in Shakib & Tamim. Ask the world, Shakib is the best player of Ban & they need him in this tournament if they want to win. He only should've been fined a fat amount & banned for the dead rubber i.e. 3rd ODI vs SL. 6. Don't underestimate Tamim. He's shown his class to the world cricket irrespective of his recent performance. 7. I suspect if Ban can win any match from now on.

  • I_Love_My_India on February 25, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    I am a bad boy, but in Shakib's shoes I would never have done what he did in the live television. I think BD did the right thing and I wish BCCI to do some strict actions against Srinivasan (God of BCCI) and others who do violate rules (like owning a franchise and being BCCI president at the same time)....

  • on February 24, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    It is not the case of exclusion or inclusion of one or two players. It is an unwriten convention for the chairman to take the opinion of the captain of the team before announcement of the team. It definitely hurts a captain when he is not taken into confidence when selecting a team, if he is readily available. In this case Mushfique could not control his emotion and came out in public. One must understand also the present mental condition of the captain after being white washed by SL recently.

  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 24, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Disappointing to see Mushfiq requesting reduction in ban when the ban is too lenient and should be increased.

    Shakib has caused bad reputation for the entire country and must be banned more seriously.

  • greenluv on February 24, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    they will be using this an excuse of their failure in a series.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 24, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Shakib has spoiled the reputation of entire Bangladesh with arrogant behaviour time and again.

    BCB has been very lenient, these incidents will occur again unless minimum 5 years ban is given.

  • on February 24, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Shakib should get banned from Cricket at least for 6 months. After watching i am just shocked. it was so mean and vulgar. I never ever see any professional international cricketer behave such a manner. It is his lucky day and as a superstar in BD cricket he survived from strong punishment.

  • on February 24, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    I support the BCB's decision to suspend Shakib for 3 matches. A team must have discipline, and Shakib has gotten enough leeway in the past.

    More importantly, as good a player as he is, Bangladesh is no way dependent on him to win. The 3-2 series win against the West Indies in 2012 and the 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in 2013 were both achieved without Shakib Al-Hasan.

    If anything, I believe that the absence of Shakib actually helps to RAISE the game of the other players in the team.

    So if Shakib's absence leads to Bangladesh winning more matches, I am all for it.

    Pay your dues Shakib, and come back stronger.

  • TigerRoars on February 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    This was a good decision. But, why is everyone communicating through the media. If a face to face meeting is not feasible, do a phone conference and clear the air!

  • i_amVIVA on February 24, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    so, ego & politics prevails above national interest. do the cricket fans not deserve a well balanced team to produce good cricket? what happened to bad boys like kholi, harbajan, simmons.... no punishment in their deeds!

  • TAHIR_SULTAN on February 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Shakib is a very good player, But Rule is a Rule... Good show BCB.

  • CherryWood_Champion on February 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    This will be a big blow for Bangladesh in the Asia cup tournament.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 24, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Well Done BCB. He needs to get punished. Nobody is above the rule. We won the last few series without him so we don't always need him to win. He has been irresponsible on and off the field. He needs to grow up

  • on February 24, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Though Sakib is good player but he is a culprit. I think sakib should have punished. A win not depend from a single sakib. If players love their nation they should give their 100%, at the end of the day if they are the looser side i dont mind.

  • PPD123 on February 24, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Shakib in the B'Desh line up would have made them a fighting team. Anyways they tend to struggle against SL/Pak/ind. Without Shakib, I doubt they will have much to shout home about...

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  • PPD123 on February 24, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Shakib in the B'Desh line up would have made them a fighting team. Anyways they tend to struggle against SL/Pak/ind. Without Shakib, I doubt they will have much to shout home about...

  • on February 24, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Though Sakib is good player but he is a culprit. I think sakib should have punished. A win not depend from a single sakib. If players love their nation they should give their 100%, at the end of the day if they are the looser side i dont mind.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 24, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Well Done BCB. He needs to get punished. Nobody is above the rule. We won the last few series without him so we don't always need him to win. He has been irresponsible on and off the field. He needs to grow up

  • CherryWood_Champion on February 24, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    This will be a big blow for Bangladesh in the Asia cup tournament.

  • TAHIR_SULTAN on February 24, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Shakib is a very good player, But Rule is a Rule... Good show BCB.

  • i_amVIVA on February 24, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    so, ego & politics prevails above national interest. do the cricket fans not deserve a well balanced team to produce good cricket? what happened to bad boys like kholi, harbajan, simmons.... no punishment in their deeds!

  • TigerRoars on February 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    This was a good decision. But, why is everyone communicating through the media. If a face to face meeting is not feasible, do a phone conference and clear the air!

  • on February 24, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    I support the BCB's decision to suspend Shakib for 3 matches. A team must have discipline, and Shakib has gotten enough leeway in the past.

    More importantly, as good a player as he is, Bangladesh is no way dependent on him to win. The 3-2 series win against the West Indies in 2012 and the 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in 2013 were both achieved without Shakib Al-Hasan.

    If anything, I believe that the absence of Shakib actually helps to RAISE the game of the other players in the team.

    So if Shakib's absence leads to Bangladesh winning more matches, I am all for it.

    Pay your dues Shakib, and come back stronger.

  • on February 24, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Shakib should get banned from Cricket at least for 6 months. After watching i am just shocked. it was so mean and vulgar. I never ever see any professional international cricketer behave such a manner. It is his lucky day and as a superstar in BD cricket he survived from strong punishment.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 24, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Shakib has spoiled the reputation of entire Bangladesh with arrogant behaviour time and again.

    BCB has been very lenient, these incidents will occur again unless minimum 5 years ban is given.