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Shakib appeals to BCB to reconsider suspension

Mohammad Isam

July 20, 2014

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Shakib Al Hasan got Robin Uthappa lbw, Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur, June 15, 2014
Shakib Al Hasan has been at the centre of a few controversies in 2014 © AFP

Shakib Al Hasan has made a public apology and appealed to the Bangladesh Cricket Board to reconsider a six-month suspension that was handed to him earlier this month. The allrounder met with BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury in Mirpur on Sunday and submitted a plea to the board.

Shakib was suspended on July 7 because of his "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.

"I am expressing my sincerest apologies if my behaviour has embarrassed the BCB, the Bangladesh cricket team and our fans," Shakib read from a prepared statement. "I accept that as a professional and contracted cricketer, I haven't behaved in a disciplined and restrained manner in several cases. In the future, I am determined to behave with more restraint.

"I respect the board's decision, but there is nothing more painful than staying away from cricket. It is my life and I have worn Bangladesh's colours and BCB's logo since the Under-15 days. It is my pride. The Bangladesh team is above everything. I give my all when I play for them, and I would do so in the future. I have grown up with Bangladesh cricket, and I have an emotional connection with it. From that position, I am requesting the BCB to reconsider my suspension."

Nizamuddin confirmed he had received the appeal and said he would forward it to the BCB directors. The directors can either meet to further consider Shakib's plea, or the BCB president Nazmul Hassan can take a decision and have it ratified by the board in the next meeting.

"Shakib has submitted a prayer to reconsider the July 7 sanction made by the board of directors. Since this is a board decision, they will decide on it," he said.

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.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by Postmortem on (July 21, 2014, 23:43 GMT)

Stop him going to IPL, he'll be a good boy.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Now that Shakib has apologised, let us take him in the Bangladesh Desh side. Pl walk into the team Shakib. It's your team.

Posted by TEROSHAN on (July 21, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

One Player Cant win a game for them.. for a while !! Therefore collective effort is required from the team and never over joyed with the wicket and Four you hit (This what i seen on Sl tour.. ) Wining a game and keep that momentum with you for longer period is what they missed. So Hathurusinghe need a support from BCB As wel as the Player Like Shak & Rahim & Mortza.. Go younger brother and win it for ASIA.. From SL Fan

Posted by wapuser on (July 20, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

They must give him a second chance. He deserve it. Cause he holds the anchor many times when bangladesh team was in trouble and now it's time to return him for one time.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

Keep the ban on NOCs for a while, and let him back to international cricket after a series or 2. He's a fine player, the best Bangladesh has by a country mile, and one of the best contemporary all-rounders in the world. The game will lose if such a talent is allowed to go to waste, so BCB and Shakib should find a way beyond this mess.

Posted by applethief on (July 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Sincere apologies don't use the words "if", "but" and "maybe." Shakib's only worried about the penalty, not the actual issue

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

I think he should be punished and BCB did right to rectify him. I believe his apology is sincere and realised that he did something pretty bad for him. Considering his apology he should be given second chance which everybody deserves. Please pardon him and take him home because we don't have any replacement to his grade. Hope he would not do something future which embrace him and BD cricket and the diehard fans.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

He is the best player we have.BCB should pardon him and let him play all the international games we have in the world cup season.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (July 20, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Shakib recent behaviours was unacceptable no questions about that and I feel the domestic ban especially from playing T20 leagues is fair from BCB but seriously banning him from International games especially in a world cup season is not only harsh going to seriously hurt Bangladesh Cricket big time due to lack of quality of the team. He is not only Bangladesh's best player by distance but he's effectively 2 players definitely our best spinner and plus his tonnes of experience is simply invaluable.

How close do our replacements come to him?

just my opinion but I feel Shakib should allowed to play International games providing he promises to not misbehave again especially now he has realised his mistakes and is now apologising.

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