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On July 7, Shakib was suspended from playing any cricket for six months and his NOCs withdrawn till December 2015 after the board found him guilty of several charges.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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