Bangladesh cricket July 7, 2014

Shakib puts on brave face after suspension

Shakib Al Hasan trained with his team-mates as the BCB directors held their meeting in Mirpur, unaware of the massive punishment he was about to be hit with
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At 2.25 pm on Monday afternoon, Shakib Al Hasan came to the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and met the BCB president Nazmul Hasan to give a final explanation of his side of the events, after which he went to the dressing room to join his Bangladesh team-mates for training.

He was probably oblivious of what would transpire in the BCB conference room during the next couple of hours, as the board members decided to suspend the allrounder for six months, cancel his existing NOCs and not issue any new ones until the end of 2015.

Shakib was seen walking with Abdur Razzak from the dressing room to the adjacent National Cricket Academy ground eating a banana and chatting with his team-mates. He then hit the gym, ran a bit and a couple of hours later, stood outside the dressing room again, perhaps waiting for the verdict. When he received the phone call conveying the news, Shakib apparently looked despondent. Later, someone close to him described him as being "devastated" and "numb".

As reporters gathered near one of the entrances to the corridor that led to the dressing room, two guards stood outside to ensure no one went too far. The wait continued, and soon, many Bangladesh players walked out after their training had ended.

The captain Mushfiqur Rahim exited several minutes later, followed by Mahmudullah, Razzak, Sohag Gazi and the rest. They left the stadium soon after, but Mashrafe Mortaza stayed behind. The BCB's media manager Rabeed Imam then entered the dressing room, and came out 30 minutes later to tell the remaining journalists that Shakib would not be speaking to them.

Later, it emerged that Shakib had wanted to sit in the dressing room on his own. He had turned off his mobile phone, but spoke normally to whoever was near him. The overriding reaction of those who had seen him was that there was shock written all over Shakib's face.

Mortaza came out a bit later, saying Shakib was trying to take the decision in his stride, but it was too soon not to feel bad for him. "This is not the time to talk to him about this," he said.

Finally, Shakib emerged just as the sun had set. The time for Iftaar was nearing, and he walked out of the premises with Rabeed Imam. He would not speak to the media, but put on a brave face and smiled. He walked to his car, and when a TV reporter asked him to at least say "no comment", Shakib simply said "Khoda Hafez" (goodbye).

The road ahead of Shakib leads into unfamiliar territory. It is unclear whether he will appeal the BCB's decision, whether he had decided not to speak to the media, or whether the BCB had asked him not to. However, he did send out a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon, thanking his fans for support and proclaiming his commitment to Bangladesh*.

With so many unanswered questions, only time will tell how strongly the BCB sticks to its decision, and how Shakib recovers from this setback.

*The story was updated with Shakib Al Hasan's tweet from Tuesday

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Pathiyal on July 9, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    the team needs such a player just as the player needs to be in the team. there are other financial or disciplinary ways of punishment. plucking him out of the team is going to damage the progress of the team apart from damaging the career of the player considering that he is the best player in the squad. i doubt about the integrity of the board although i believe that shakib should be punished.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    send BCB to the college, politics killing this country. best option for Bangladesh hire foreigners for the BCB and get rid of the each current member. Part of the problem is BCB, and player come second.

  • on July 9, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    We are always with you Shakib. I am really confused whether BCB is trying to correct the "attitude" problem of Shakib or to destroy his career. At this point Shakib should seriously think of retiring from all kinds of cricket with its head high. If he loves his cricket he can play as a free-lancer like Chris Gayle.

    I don"t know how BCB takes a hasty decision of suspending the best ever cricketer of Bangladesh. Other than Shakib there is no other player from Bangladesh side who is capable of playing in the big events. BCB has to think Bangladseh team perspective as well as punishing Shakib.

    Really sorry to see the roll of Akram Khan, our cricket hero, how he turns his back to Shakib.

  • on July 8, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    No one is bigger than the team. Shakib is undoubtedly the biggest player, and the biggest talent to emerge from Bangladesh. I'm a big fan of his skills, not least for his twin success in IPL for KKR. But his attitude has been an issue for a while now. This isn't the first transgression. In fact he has been given a lot of rope up until now. BCB needed to set an example for the youngsters. I'm not sure about the length of the punishment, since it cuts real close to WC 2015, but the Bangladesh fans angry about the verdict should get a reality check.

  • on July 8, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    we are always with you shakib no matter what the bcb will not be able to stick with this so called decision of theirs

  • British_North_America on July 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Abaa Have you ever heard the names of Kevin Pietersen, Shoaib Akhter, Shane Warne? They all were great players with discipline problem.For how long, they were banned? What's the point of disallowing Shakib him from playing in IPL 2015? Envious of his financial success? Mushfiq is the most arrogant in the team. Why he is not banned?

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    The whole philosophy of punishment is being misunderstood. When your best player makes a mistake, and needs to be punished, is dropping him from the team the right solution?? You need him in the team to win matches for the nation. So, when you think, you are punishing him by dropping, you are actually punishing yourself, your team, and your nation, for the mistake of a player. Now, how can you punish a player, without punishing the team and the nation? A fine on the player would be enough, is'nt it??

  • tripple-Digits on July 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Its really unfortunate that it has come to this, but sadly the BCB needed to take a stance, should not tolerate any ill-discipline, and should definitely not ignore or sweep under the carpet these types of incidents. I would think that Shakib carries loads of pressure ON the field and off the field and it is probably unfair to say or even suggest, but high profile players somehow needs to realise that their actions causes reactions and consequences far greater than the normal person. He is so talented and I hope that he can find peace with the decision and find a suitable barrier through which he can still be the explosive and vibrant person that he is but within reason. I admire him for taking a stance and coming to the rescue of his wife and particularly woman. He sounds to be honest and speaks his mind and I like it about him... May it all work out of Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on July 8, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    What's happening to cricket?? KP, Shakib...

    Who's going to be the next No. 1 player in the team to be sacked?

  • Abaa on July 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    If someone like Sakib can show this much arrogance and haughtiness, imagine how much attitude a Sachin or a Ponting or a Lara or a Kallis or a Warne or a Murali or an Akram could display? Instead they are humble and modest despite the gazillion runs/wickets they have taken over legendary careers ... And the majority of the Bangladesh public is angry with BCB about this! Unbelievable! Goes on to show their priorities! I mean you'd think that this chap has singlehandedly won them a few World Cups with the ruckus this has been causing! Totally unprofessional, immature behaviour this kind of nonsense will not help in a team game like cricket! Discipline is of utmost importance

  • Pathiyal on July 9, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    the team needs such a player just as the player needs to be in the team. there are other financial or disciplinary ways of punishment. plucking him out of the team is going to damage the progress of the team apart from damaging the career of the player considering that he is the best player in the squad. i doubt about the integrity of the board although i believe that shakib should be punished.

  • on July 9, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    send BCB to the college, politics killing this country. best option for Bangladesh hire foreigners for the BCB and get rid of the each current member. Part of the problem is BCB, and player come second.

  • on July 9, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    We are always with you Shakib. I am really confused whether BCB is trying to correct the "attitude" problem of Shakib or to destroy his career. At this point Shakib should seriously think of retiring from all kinds of cricket with its head high. If he loves his cricket he can play as a free-lancer like Chris Gayle.

    I don"t know how BCB takes a hasty decision of suspending the best ever cricketer of Bangladesh. Other than Shakib there is no other player from Bangladesh side who is capable of playing in the big events. BCB has to think Bangladseh team perspective as well as punishing Shakib.

    Really sorry to see the roll of Akram Khan, our cricket hero, how he turns his back to Shakib.

  • on July 8, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    No one is bigger than the team. Shakib is undoubtedly the biggest player, and the biggest talent to emerge from Bangladesh. I'm a big fan of his skills, not least for his twin success in IPL for KKR. But his attitude has been an issue for a while now. This isn't the first transgression. In fact he has been given a lot of rope up until now. BCB needed to set an example for the youngsters. I'm not sure about the length of the punishment, since it cuts real close to WC 2015, but the Bangladesh fans angry about the verdict should get a reality check.

  • on July 8, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    we are always with you shakib no matter what the bcb will not be able to stick with this so called decision of theirs

  • British_North_America on July 8, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Abaa Have you ever heard the names of Kevin Pietersen, Shoaib Akhter, Shane Warne? They all were great players with discipline problem.For how long, they were banned? What's the point of disallowing Shakib him from playing in IPL 2015? Envious of his financial success? Mushfiq is the most arrogant in the team. Why he is not banned?

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    The whole philosophy of punishment is being misunderstood. When your best player makes a mistake, and needs to be punished, is dropping him from the team the right solution?? You need him in the team to win matches for the nation. So, when you think, you are punishing him by dropping, you are actually punishing yourself, your team, and your nation, for the mistake of a player. Now, how can you punish a player, without punishing the team and the nation? A fine on the player would be enough, is'nt it??

  • tripple-Digits on July 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Its really unfortunate that it has come to this, but sadly the BCB needed to take a stance, should not tolerate any ill-discipline, and should definitely not ignore or sweep under the carpet these types of incidents. I would think that Shakib carries loads of pressure ON the field and off the field and it is probably unfair to say or even suggest, but high profile players somehow needs to realise that their actions causes reactions and consequences far greater than the normal person. He is so talented and I hope that he can find peace with the decision and find a suitable barrier through which he can still be the explosive and vibrant person that he is but within reason. I admire him for taking a stance and coming to the rescue of his wife and particularly woman. He sounds to be honest and speaks his mind and I like it about him... May it all work out of Shakib Al Hasan.

  • on July 8, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    What's happening to cricket?? KP, Shakib...

    Who's going to be the next No. 1 player in the team to be sacked?

  • Abaa on July 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    If someone like Sakib can show this much arrogance and haughtiness, imagine how much attitude a Sachin or a Ponting or a Lara or a Kallis or a Warne or a Murali or an Akram could display? Instead they are humble and modest despite the gazillion runs/wickets they have taken over legendary careers ... And the majority of the Bangladesh public is angry with BCB about this! Unbelievable! Goes on to show their priorities! I mean you'd think that this chap has singlehandedly won them a few World Cups with the ruckus this has been causing! Totally unprofessional, immature behaviour this kind of nonsense will not help in a team game like cricket! Discipline is of utmost importance

  • on July 8, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Bad administration ruins and mishandle talents like shakin or Shoaib Akhtar....he is the only reason to watch matches against Bangladesh.

  • on July 8, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Shakib should retired from international cricket bcz bcb don't know how operate a cricket board and a talented cicketer.Now i am clear why a talented bangladeshi work in western country.

  • siponus2007 on July 8, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    this was just too much six month is just too long , bcb coudlve just fined him like 1 million or some days or banning from play outside leage , but this is totally unfare to sakib , biggest mistake by bcb

  • on July 8, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    brave decision. . . he is a talented player.but good player should have a decent behavior.this is not the first sakib has done these kind of things.

  • 2015Chulbulji on July 8, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    @BCB Are you kidding me? Banning shakib is like banning kohli from Indian, AB de villers from South African,Malinga from Srilankan, Ajmal from Pak, Maxwell from Aussie, Macullum from New zealand, Bravo from Westindian and ??? from Engliah team just six months before the world cup. I know that you know that you can't win the worldcup but I think you want to perform badly and get beaten by new teams in the world cup.I have a question...From where did you find this Srilankan coach ?? There are son many good coaches available in the world. Shakib is a star the only star which people outside bangladesh admire.. Some people will say we have lot of talented players apart frm shakib blah blah...To be very frank he is the only one who could play for any world class cricket team like Aussis, India, South Africa...Even IPL doesn't entertain any other bangladesi player but Shakib is a star in KKR... in my ipl fantasy team...@Shakib- Brother retire and play in IPL, Bigbash,CPL to entertain us..

  • on July 8, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    BCB failed to handle our most valuable asset properly. It is failure of BCB.

  • on July 8, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    BCB here is funny!! You are not playing any cricket why do you bother your player, specially your best player. Bangladesh next assignment would be to tour the Caribbean. Playing in CPL would have been good experience for him!

    CLT20 coming soon in next few months, BCB has to bow to the great BCCI, when Shakib goes to play for KKR. All the drama will be over.

  • on July 8, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    They have a one decent player and want to control him. He should retire and let them be. He should then go out play wherever his heart fancies they cannot stop him from earning his livelyhood

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on July 8, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Mr. Nazmul Papon, I think most of the people here will agree that you have an attitude problem towards this world class all-rounder. Please rectify your own attitude problem to improve the future of BD cricket. Realistically, otherwise I can't see any good for the Tigers in coming days. I won't be surprised if Shakib becomes available as a "Freelance Cricketer" to entertain the cricketing world.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on July 7, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    was that "khuda hafiz" the final word from shakib? does it mean he is going to quit test and odi cricket as he may/may not have threatened?

    only time will tell but there must be some serious build of issues leading to this decision. i think an appeal will be made in next few days and who know a court case to follow...didn't he just come back from a 2 or something years suspension?

  • on July 7, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    This is a pure nuisance and utterly unfair to Shakib. Lota & Papo Co. dont deserve to be in the positions where they are. Reinstate Shakib, IMMEDIATELY.

  • BARFI on July 7, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Does not matter who is Number one @Raiyan Mahmood Talukdar Moon. It does not matter who will play in the field. Shakib got created from this land through practice and hard work and we will have others to come. What we do not need to create a Cricket GOD who will destroy the Cricket for our young talents. Look at Sri Lanka, how humble they are! A player needs to be humble to become great. The path Shakib chosen is the path of selfish self centred snobbish mentality which demoralise other players.

  • Khalid_M_Shah on July 7, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Alas, it seems many administrators cannot distinguish between control and manage. So basically there was a lax attitude towards discipline and now there is this sledge hammer to make a example of Sakib. England has recently done, what many consider a poor job of managing by axing/sacrificing their top ranked Test batsmen at the altar of discipline. And some would say that the England team has suffered more. By comparison, Sakib is the top ranked Bangladesh batsmen AND bowler in ALL 3 formats of the game (and in most cases #2 on the team is not very close)! How much of a set back would it be if Bangladesh cricket loses Sakib? It boggles the mind how poorly this is being managed. But hey they adminstrators will have control!

  • on July 7, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Over the top from the BCB, hope Shakib appeals and earns a reduction. Without him, its no fun watching Bangladesh. Hopefully Shakib would not go into a self-destruct mode again, and the BCB won't act like clueless ECB and end up damaging the side and the game with their power games.

  • on July 7, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Dear BCB,

    Please remember, you exist only because cricket exists in Bangladesh. Try to be guardian, not the ruler. You have no right to bring such ugly politics in our cricket.

  • dulabhai on July 7, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    A sad day for the BD cricket. This wasn't done in the best interest of the country. This was done to show power! He should have given a hefty fine not a ban. In the end Shakib is not going to loose..Mr. Papon or Mr. Akram ( who mostly created the mess) is not loose, it will be Bangladesh as a whole.

  • MWaqqar on July 7, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    This is big management failure, if you cannot deal with your best player except banning him how can you take your sport forward. Players are indispensable not management.

  • hasib9 on July 7, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    I think Shakib should resign from BCB, just like previous coaches such as Siddons, and countless others. This is the prime of his cricketing career and he should not waste a minute. Resign from BCB and play overseas. Make a deal with other cricket boards. I am a Bangladeshi myself and would not want to see Shakib go, but I also cannot stand unfairness. Yes his behavior was bad, but mandatory counseling, detention, etc. should have taken place before making a harsh decision about his career. Also Akram Khan gave him verbal permission to go play in the CPL. Has anyone talked about that?

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    All that is wrong with Bangladesh cricket is Shakib Al Hassan. His attitude pretty much sums ills of Bangla cricket. A little more of him and entire squad will become just like him.

  • on July 7, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    NO player should be bigger then country. Shakib is no doubt BD best player but he need to change preferences. He should learn from KP. its better to surrender infront of board and become team player.

  • on July 7, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Mr. papon is saying Sakib's behavior & attitude was always bad & negative. So, he should be asked - what initiative you have taken to modify his behavior & attitude? Did you arranged any counselling session? Have you forgotten he is our number one player ? or instead of shakib Mr. Paon or Mr. Lota will play in field ?

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  • on July 7, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Mr. papon is saying Sakib's behavior & attitude was always bad & negative. So, he should be asked - what initiative you have taken to modify his behavior & attitude? Did you arranged any counselling session? Have you forgotten he is our number one player ? or instead of shakib Mr. Paon or Mr. Lota will play in field ?

  • on July 7, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    NO player should be bigger then country. Shakib is no doubt BD best player but he need to change preferences. He should learn from KP. its better to surrender infront of board and become team player.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    All that is wrong with Bangladesh cricket is Shakib Al Hassan. His attitude pretty much sums ills of Bangla cricket. A little more of him and entire squad will become just like him.

  • hasib9 on July 7, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    I think Shakib should resign from BCB, just like previous coaches such as Siddons, and countless others. This is the prime of his cricketing career and he should not waste a minute. Resign from BCB and play overseas. Make a deal with other cricket boards. I am a Bangladeshi myself and would not want to see Shakib go, but I also cannot stand unfairness. Yes his behavior was bad, but mandatory counseling, detention, etc. should have taken place before making a harsh decision about his career. Also Akram Khan gave him verbal permission to go play in the CPL. Has anyone talked about that?

  • MWaqqar on July 7, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    This is big management failure, if you cannot deal with your best player except banning him how can you take your sport forward. Players are indispensable not management.

  • dulabhai on July 7, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    A sad day for the BD cricket. This wasn't done in the best interest of the country. This was done to show power! He should have given a hefty fine not a ban. In the end Shakib is not going to loose..Mr. Papon or Mr. Akram ( who mostly created the mess) is not loose, it will be Bangladesh as a whole.

  • on July 7, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Dear BCB,

    Please remember, you exist only because cricket exists in Bangladesh. Try to be guardian, not the ruler. You have no right to bring such ugly politics in our cricket.

  • on July 7, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Over the top from the BCB, hope Shakib appeals and earns a reduction. Without him, its no fun watching Bangladesh. Hopefully Shakib would not go into a self-destruct mode again, and the BCB won't act like clueless ECB and end up damaging the side and the game with their power games.

  • Khalid_M_Shah on July 7, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Alas, it seems many administrators cannot distinguish between control and manage. So basically there was a lax attitude towards discipline and now there is this sledge hammer to make a example of Sakib. England has recently done, what many consider a poor job of managing by axing/sacrificing their top ranked Test batsmen at the altar of discipline. And some would say that the England team has suffered more. By comparison, Sakib is the top ranked Bangladesh batsmen AND bowler in ALL 3 formats of the game (and in most cases #2 on the team is not very close)! How much of a set back would it be if Bangladesh cricket loses Sakib? It boggles the mind how poorly this is being managed. But hey they adminstrators will have control!

  • BARFI on July 7, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Does not matter who is Number one @Raiyan Mahmood Talukdar Moon. It does not matter who will play in the field. Shakib got created from this land through practice and hard work and we will have others to come. What we do not need to create a Cricket GOD who will destroy the Cricket for our young talents. Look at Sri Lanka, how humble they are! A player needs to be humble to become great. The path Shakib chosen is the path of selfish self centred snobbish mentality which demoralise other players.