Bangladesh news July 17, 2014

Shakib meets BCB president over suspension

Suspended Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan met BCB president Nazmul Hassan on Wednesday. According to a board official, Shakib had requested for a reduction in his six-month suspension, and was told to send in an appeal, which he is likely to in the next couple of days.

"Since he is a contracted cricketer, he always has the chance to appeal," BCB director Jalal Yunus told reporters. "He met the board president yesterday, requesting him to reduce his sentences. He has been told to appeal, after which we will see what the board decides.

"Right at this moment we cannot say whether the ban will be reduced or not. After he appeals, the board may decide to discuss it in a meeting. Otherwise the board president can take a decision and ratify it in the next board meeting."

Yunus however said that Shakib will probably appeal rather than apologise to the BCB.

On July 7, Shakib was suspended from playing any cricket for six months and his NOCs withdrawn till December 2015 after the board found him guilty of several charges. One of them, according to Yunus, is for a commercial breach on Shakib's behalf.

"Sahara complained to us that Shakib posed for a billboard ad wearing a BCB jersey but without their logo. He has broken the rule doing this. Shakib actually didn't ask for the board's permission while doing this ad. This is one of the charges against him [in the six month suspension]."

Jalal also confirmed that Shakib can train at any time, since he is a contracted cricketer. "Coach Chandika Hathurusingha will do his training management," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • ESPN on July 20, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    I don't understand what the problem. He haven't done anything that makes him ban for that long time. Bcb don't know how to handle talent. If he is playing for ipl or cpl is good for him good for his country. He is representing Bangladesh in big stage and he never missed a single match for cpl or ipl.

  • Abu on July 18, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    BCB is successfully becoming a stodgy bureaucratic organization - thanks to the supreme authority of Board President. The Coach BCB hired belong to a certain class - who instead of motivating the team got into a tussle with his most trusted soldier and the lone star. Even before he started the training session - he complained about Shakib and made sure he got punished. He did not see Shakib's Caribbean T20 Trip as an opportunity. His intensions are clear too.

  • padmanabhan on July 18, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    allow him to play for bangladesh but hold back is noc so that he cannot play in any league which will be a good precedent for country first

  • Khondker S on July 17, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    He got severely punished because of minor incidents. BCD should discuss with him and try to reduce the punishment. I hope he has learned his lesson.

  • Akber Ullah on July 17, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    If BCB lets him play at the end, then why have this drama in the first place.

    All those ethics of ensuring other players don't take liberties will go down the drain.

    I personally feel regarding the ban of not playing in foreign leagues should have some lenience. For example he should play first class only, if he does intend to play during his ban.

    The red ball should help his technique and it would be a appropriate for him to reflect.

    Overall I feel the ban should stand, allowing other players to understand that there is a reason why he is the team, and that they just don't evolve around Shakib and Tamim.

  • Android on July 17, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    BCB back your decision and let him play he is a good all rounder, he is known all over the world for best all rounders. He is your key player without him your team is unbalanced so fotgive. Think about your country and their supporters what are you doing?.

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