Bangladesh news July 5, 2014

Shakib threatens to quit international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

BCB president Nazmul Hasan has said that he has received a message from coach Chandika Hathurusingha that Shakib Al Hasan has threatened to quit playing Tests and ODIs for Bangladesh. Two days ago, the board had asked Shakib to return to the country immediately while he was on his way to Barbados to participate in the Caribbean Premier League.

Shakib apparently made the threat after Hathurusingha had recently asked him to return to Bangladesh's training camp on August 1, which would have ended his CPL campaign earlier than he would have wanted. The CPL runs from July 11 to August 16.

"I have received a letter in this regard," Nazmul told the Bengali daily Prothom Alo. "I don't understand how he [Shakib] can say such a thing. I want to speak to them in person. If this is indeed true, nobody will be spared. There will be no compromise on discipline."

This is not the first time that Bangladesh players have expressed dissatisfaction. In 2013, Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe clashed with the IPL, which meant that Shakib and Tamim Iqbal would miss the lucrative T20 tournament.

Shakib is likely to join the camp, which began on July 1, from Sunday but Nazmul said that the allrounder may not be allowed to play in the CPL for breaking discipline.

"There is very little possibility to give the NOC [No-Objection Certificate]. He has broken the discipline. We are very strict in this regard. The board will take a decision on giving him the NOC in the July 7 meeting."

Apart from earlier disciplinary breaches during his international career, Shakib has had several run-ins with authority this year too. His infamous lewd gesture towards the camera during the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka ODI series earned him a three-match ban, and at the moment, a BCB disciplinary committee is investigating his alleged brawl with a spectator during a Bangladesh-India game last month.

Shakib's threat is the first time that a Bangladesh player has openly spoken about leaving international cricket.

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  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    You are NOT bigger than the game. KP, Chris Gayle, and few others have found this in a hard way.

  • Cric on July 7, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Those who are against this decision and Bangla fans, dont worry. Another player will step up. Bangla cricket will not stop because of this. Shakib does not guarantee a victory for Bangladesh right? Bangla might lose one or two games. Who knows, the next player might win you the third one. The game will pick its players. Those who are against this decision, you got serious attitude guys. Cricket will evolve, just enjoy.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Bangladesh played 83 tests in last 15 years and won only 2 against zimbabwe and 2 against a boycotting west indies team with all 11 regular players absent !! and most of their defeats are of huge margin innings defeats. I wonder why ICC is still allowing them to feature in so many test matches till now. besides they have won only 26 matches against higher ranked teams, out of 286 odi's. that too mostly at home.

    I therefore agree with Mr. Arghya Duttagupta who said "Bangladesh Cricket team is already in the doldrums for god knows how many years now.. if they start loosing players like Shakib Al Hasan god knows what will they play with. a board can be strict when they have quality players to run their team. This seems to be a joke to me."

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    My BD brothers who are suggesting this action or that action against Shakib, please take a look; you have only one basket and not many eggs in that basket Harsh it may sound but truth nonetheless. Please forgive my bold statement but being an outsider, I guess sometimes one can assess the situation better. Seeking your forgiveness please

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    For those who are thinking let Sakib do as he wishes- You can't make any choice disregarding any decision put forward by the committee. And you are messing with playing in a league and playing for the country.You are not supposed to forget you are known to the world just because the board has given you the opportunity to play for the country. If you're assigned to any task given by your coach and practice to be prepared for the upcoming series,you can't avoid it excusing for your play in a league.League is optional.Of course you can play in a league,get the best out of it for the betterment of your skill/adjustment in any condition,but right after when are free of your assignment. Now,come to the another point.Being ace player you of course can demand some extra advantages.So,are you getting.You're being called on for playing in Oversea's leagues,you are being used by media.For what you get to add extra bucks in your earnings.I think there should not have been any lack in your income,r

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    cricket is gentelmen game and players like shakib are spoiling this game

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Bangladesh is not depending on Shakib alone. He can't break rules. So let him get decision whatever he wants. In recent past year its very clear that he plays so seriously in IPL, CPL or SPL. When he plays for own country it doesn't he is so serious. Beside he shows he is King in the field. On the other hand, he should understand for BD national he is in this position. So let him be quiet!!!

  • vaibhav on July 5, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Regarding disciplinary actions, BCB should adopt zero tolerance policy in order to instill professionalism in the team. Shakib at best can be termed as a good player as far as Bangladesh team is concerned. A player of his caliber can't break into Pakistan, Srilanka and India XI. For fans of Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Kohli, Dhoni, Ajmal, Misba Afridi Younis, its pretty weird sight to see an avg player like Shakib throwing such tantrums and BCB being lenient on him coz, their star players never ever indulged in such behavior.

  • Nuwan on July 5, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Bang would be better off developing new set of players with different attitudes.Current crop of BANG players got a big Attitude and Ego problem. With out realizing your potential and place in cricketing world its very difficult to develop. Bang.Bang After winning against NZ and WI thought that they could beat any team in the world.Look what has happened to them now. BANG got enough talent , change the attitude bring fresh faces and puts some brains to these cricketers. Easier said than done

  • udendra on July 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    This is why Bangladesh cricket doesn't succeed at international level, their players are over-confident in every aspect.

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