Bangladesh news July 15, 2014

Shakib Al Hasan remains in limbo


The future of the suspended Shakib Al Hasan continues to be unclear despite an encouraging statement from the Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha.

Returning after a short break from Australia at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday night, Hathurusingha told reporters quite bluntly that the team needed Shakib, but later backtracked and said that he stood by the BCB's decision to ban the allrounder.

"He is the world's No.1 allrounder, isn't he? So we need him," Hathurusingha said. "I can't say anything more. It is an internal matter. I will speak to you all after I speak to the board."

With less than a month remaining before Bangladesh's departure to West Indies, the ball is now in Shakib's court, although it is still unclear whether an appeal can be based on a media release.

Since Tuesday morning, Hathurusingha has held a number of meetings with various BCB directors, the acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, as well as the national selectors. Afterwards, he told the media that the focus was not on one individual, but the whole team.

"It is very unfair to think this way because there is another ten players playing. For me it is the Bangladesh team. Whoever replaces him or whoever comes into the team, I expect them to do their best. For me it's the Bangladesh team that is going forward.

"The board has made the decision, I am working with the board. We have to go by the board. I am here to make the players better and make the team better. Whatever I have to work with, I am doing my best."

Though some BCB directors have a view that the matter should be between Shakib and the board, others have reportedly told a local newspaper that they are waiting for the coach to weigh in on the issue.

When asked whether he would ask the BCB to reconsider the six-month ban, Hathurusingha refused to discuss the matter, stating that the entire episode was out of his control.

"That's an internal matter. I don't want to discuss in public. What we are doing is what we are doing. It's for the betterment of Bangladesh cricket as well as the betterment of the individual players. We will do the best for the Bangladesh team.

"What can you do? It is beyond my control. Whatever I have I am happy to work with and I am looking forward to it."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Mustafizur on July 17, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    You are correct Masking _Tape. How often the coaches go on break? Well this might be his settle in break. However, I can foresee another coach resigning from Bangladesh side before his contract ends. As mshyder said he is soon to discover that the club side in Australia was a better option for him.

  • Fahad on July 17, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    BCB needs a complete restructuring.

  • Jobaidur on July 17, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Hopefully BCB will reduce this punishment less than 3 month and Shakib will be granted a opportunity to play a series (against zimbabwe) before world cup.

  • Jobaidur on July 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Hopefully BCB will reduce this punishment less than 3 months and Shakib will be granted a opportunity to play a series (against zimbabwe) before worldcup.

  • Nirmal on July 16, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Sakib will play against West Indies, Will play next IPL also, I can bet on it.

  • Muhammad on July 16, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Mr. Hathurusinghe is soon to discover that the club side in Australia was better than BD team without Shakib. He will need nothing less than a miracle to better such a side.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Bangladesh has played without Sakib before and won. Its time to do the same. Some stars can't handle stardom. KP like Sakib was too much to handle and England finally let him go. Sakib should consider his options carefully. Apologise to all and make sure that he plays by the rules. Otherwise his lucrative endorsements will vanish if he is banished from the national team.

  • Denham on July 16, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @Ramansilva, machang, any coach would love to have a line or two in their personal CV highlighted as "National Coach of XXX and YYY or ZZZ hence, his decision I guess? There was murmur about him been drafted in to our own team as coach but I don't know what happened? However, Marwan Atapattu has been doing the job well and my retain it.

  • Raman on July 16, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Hathurusinghe is wasting his talent and time. If he stayed in Australia he could have achieved better at club level than becoming the coach of a national team with no good prospects.

  • Dik on July 16, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    He was already on break? It hasn't even been a month.

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