Bangladesh news August 26, 2014

BCB reduces Shakib suspension


The Bangladesh Cricket Board has reduced Shakib Al Hasan's six-month suspension by three-and-a-half months, allowing him to be available for selection from September 15. However, the BCB's ban on No Objection Certificates, required for Shakib to participate in overseas leagues, will remain in place until the end of 2015.

The reduction in his suspension means that Shakib will be available for selection for the home series against Zimbabwe. He will not join the team in the West Indies, however, as the final Test of the tour begins on September 13 in St Lucia.

Shakib was suspended on July 7 for what the board considered "serious misbehaviour" with Bangladesh's new coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, and for his altercation with a spectator during a recent ODI against India.

He appealed two weeks later and apologised publicly after submitting a letter to the board. At the start of August, Shakib was allowed to train at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, said the board had taken the decision to reduce the suspension after it was satisfied by the allrounder's recent behaviour.

"After taking everything under consideration, we have decided in today's meeting that his suspension will be lifted on September 15," Hassan said, after a four hour-long meeting at the board headquarters. "This means he will be available for selection. The board would not decide where he will play, the selectors and operations committee are there to select him. He will be available for international and domestic cricket.

"It is not easy to take such a decision and then come out of it. But, as a contracted player, he had a right to appeal and he did. We were satisfied with the letter and his recent behaviour from individual interactions. We feel he has learned from his mistake and he has assured us a number of times that he won't make such a mistake again."

Hassan also said the board could consider lifting the ban on NOCs if Shakib's behaviour improves on and off the field.

"The decision to keep him suspended from playing abroad [in domestic leagues] still stands," Hassan said. "We will observe him on and off the field. If we see he has improved, the board may then decide to relax the other things."

Hassan also said that Shakib would be in the player pool for the Dhaka Premier League 2014-15 but stated the details would also rest with the tournament organisers, CCDM.

"He is a [national] pool player. There are a few decisions to be taken, which will be in CCDM's authority. They will let us know. They will take legal advice, but he will be allowed to play," he said.

When asked if the decision to reduce Shakib's suspension was due to Bangladesh's recent performances, Hassan simply said: "No."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    BCB should have taken him in the test series against WI as captain. He is the only spinner of class and potent bowler who has experience in these conditions. His batting helped Bangladesh swipe West Indies 2-0 in the last test series here. Good to see Alamin improving and Taskins pace. Tamim Iqbal should regain his confidence and lead the batting attack if Bangladesh are to show any resistance. Nasir, Mominul or Koyes will only perform when they have seniors like Tamim or Shakib to lead the way for them...Hoping Anamul improves his test batting this time

  • Hassan on August 27, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Rally_Windies - I know about Sunil Narine. But I'm not sure or I don't know about pollard. At this point, I must say Sunil Narine is an exception. And exception can't be an example :)

    How many players can you name like that??? Stomach empty right?

  • ESPN on August 27, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Whether BCB admits it or not, it seems like they are letting him back in because of the poor recent performances.

    BCB should have backed their initial decision and set the example. Now they have just retracted their initial stand which is setting a poor example.

  • Abdus on August 27, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Sakib should be banned from all kind of cricket .... He is a arrogant guy.

  • Android on August 27, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    শালা পাপইন্যার এতদিনে হুঁশ হইছে...

  • Ali on August 27, 2014, 14:35 GMT


    you are wrong ...

    Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard, owe their success to the IPL ... the WICB did almost nothing for them .....

    WICB took Sunil and Kieron, away from IPL after the Indian teams invested in them... not the other way around .....

  • Android on August 27, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    talent has no value unless you cant to deliver goods. get these bangaladesh to play for ODI and test status again. make them work for status.

  • Hassan on August 27, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    CricTimer - That's only upon BCB whether they'll take off the NOC or not. And Shakib doesn't play good because of playing in the IPL, Shakib played good for BD, that's why he got selected for IPL or any other leagues. This leagues don't make player but gather Good players :)

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    This was expected. No team will be able to leave a player of Shakib's calibre. He is an asset for every time and Bangladesh is no exception. As long as the Board is satisfied with the improvement on his behavior they could reduce the suspension and include him. If he is included for the National duties there is no reason for them to hold his international commitments since that is his income source and the board should not deteriorate his income potential and should allow him to play and meet his club commitments. I wish Shakib all success.

  • Anver on August 27, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    No surprise at all !!! This was expected & i think BCB has done a wise thing, he's an experienced campaigner & currently BD is missing him in playing XI....

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