Bangladesh news July 7, 2014

Shakib Al Hasan suspended for six months by BCB


Shakib Al Hasan has been suspended by the BCB from all cricket for six months and will not be granted an NOC to play in overseas competitions until the end of 2015. The punishment was handed out because of Shakib's "serious misbehaviour" with Bangladesh's new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, and for his altercation with a spectator during the recent first ODI against India in Mirpur.

"He has a severe attitude problem, which is unprecedented in the history of Bangladesh cricket. We think that his behaviour is such that it's directly impacting the team," BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters. He said the decision to suspend Shakib, which was taken at a board of directors meeting on Monday, had been unanimous.

"What is perhaps more alarming is that other players have started to behave like him [Shakib]," Hasan said. "If this continues, our future will be destroyed. So that's why we believe he deserves a strict punishment. Our board has unanimously decided to ban him from competitive cricket for the next six months, both national and international cricket. Also till December 31, 2015, he won't receive any NOCs for foreign tournaments and his current NOCs have been withdrawn."

Shakib has been involved in several disputes in the recent past. He had left for the Caribbean to play in the CPL without a valid NOC, and reportedly threatened to quit playing Tests and Twenty20 internationals when asked by Hathurusingha to return and join a training camp. He was ordered to return to Bangladesh by the board, and later denied threatening to quit and said that his departure for the CPL was a result of a misunderstanding over the NOC.

Hasan, however, said the NOC issue was the tip of the iceberg. Without going into details, he said the board had learned of several incidents building up over the last few years, which he termed as "cruel". One such example was the assault on the spectator who had allegedly harassed his wife during the first ODI against India in Mirpur.

"This morning he [Shakib] met me. He thought he had the NOC but when he later realised he didn't have it, he thought he would receive it in London," Hasan said. "He admitted that he misbehaved with the coach. He apologised for the misbehavior. We want to give a clear message: if it is repeated, he might be banned for life. There will be no compromise when it comes to discipline. Some of the allegations were so inhuman, we were in awe, as to how a player can commit these crimes.

"Let me give you an example and you will understand the severity of the problem. In the dressing room there was an incident. Our security team who brought that boy reported that Shakib had hit him. Shakib even told the manager and team-mates that he hit him. But when we called him for the hearing, he said that he didn't hit him. Then, when he was asked as to why he left the dressing room, he said he didn't know the rules. The board believes that this attitude of his won't work here."

Hasan had earlier criticised Shakib for setting a bad example, referring to the CPL incident. He also said Shakib had shown a disregard for protocol by leaving the dressing room during the first ODI against India and getting involved in a altercation with a spectator, who had allegedly harassed Shakib's wife.

The confirmed international fixtures for Bangladesh for the rest of 2014 is a tour of West Indies in August and September comprising three ODIs, a T20I and two Tests, and Zimbabwe visiting in October or November for Tests and ODIs. Shakib, however, won't be eligible to play domestic cricket either during this time, and will be allowed to return to action only a little over a month before the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Ridicule and kidding decision from BCB.

  • Android on July 13, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    whenever kkr haad won ipl . He had not appeared in next ipl

  • Jobaidur on July 12, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Hopefully shakib will play against zimbabwe

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    No one is bigger than the game or country and Shakib cannot be an exception. However, BCB has not fully explained the cause of a six month suspension. Altercation with a fan and coach doesn't warrant a six month suspension- maybe suspension of match or two at most. BCB, please explain your decision with details.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    any ex sportsman should be head of BCB to feel the emotion and need of players.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    A noteworthy good and exemplar decision by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). I appreciate BCB for banning Shakib-al-Hasan, who has broken and humiliated Bangladesh Cricket Team through threatening that he will not in the national team if he will not permission to play in CPL, which clearly shows his lack of passion for Bangladesh Cricket Team and for Bangladesh. Like me, Shakib has lost many of his supporters.

    BCB took the right and mild decision and we all appreciate BCB. This is a clear remark that every player is the same and no player will get benefited from BCB. BCB is our pride and arrogant and rude players should face the same situation like Shakib al Hasan.

    Shakib should be banned for five years but BCB gave him a great chance to correct his rude and arrogant attitude. I hope Shakib will try hard to learn modesty and giving respect to nation and others. He should have learned from the players with whom he ha played with, like Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and others. Hail, BCB.

  • Babaji on July 10, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Good riddance!! He should not be allowed to play at all.

  • Md on July 8, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    Shakib didn't retire because he truly feel on his bottom of heart playing for Bangladesh . He always try to give his best for country . This is Shakib Al Hasan.....

  • sharif on July 8, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Very very interesting. Six months out of cricket, why six months!! Because BCB wants him before WC? What a player can do coming after six months out of the game!! It should have been one month maximum or minimum they needed to let him play the national games.

    Well, I hope Shakib will not lose his spirit and learn something from this punishment. Would love to see a new Shakib after this six month with much better performances than past.

    And to BCB, what a shame!! How can we afford to lose our best player for six months? Very harsh decision and very unexpected.

  • Baundule on July 8, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    @Mujahid, it took Mr. Cricket Mike Hussey till his 29th birth day to start playing for Australia. Do you think it is a walk in the park to get into those teams? Shakib is a star as long as he plays for Bangladesh. Even KKR used to bench him in many matches.

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