Bangladesh news August 26, 2014

BCB reduces Shakib suspension

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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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  • 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

  • Never_stop_believing_BDcricket 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?

  • 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.

  • B.a.p.p.Y on August 27, 2014, 15:26 GMT

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

  • on August 27, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    শালা পাপইন্যার এতদিনে হুঁশ হইছে...

  • Rally_Windies on August 27, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Never_stop_believing_BDcricket

    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 .....

  • 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.

  • Never_stop_believing_BDcricket 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 :)

  • 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.

  • anver777 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....

  • 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

  • Never_stop_believing_BDcricket 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?

  • 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.

  • B.a.p.p.Y on August 27, 2014, 15:26 GMT

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

  • on August 27, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    শালা পাপইন্যার এতদিনে হুঁশ হইছে...

  • Rally_Windies on August 27, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Never_stop_believing_BDcricket

    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 .....

  • 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.

  • Never_stop_believing_BDcricket 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 :)

  • 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.

  • anver777 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....

  • CricTimer on August 27, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    If you are reducing his punishment, you should consider allowing his NOC status back. He plays well because he gets to play overseas. He knows how to bat against heavy bowling team. He is also experienced bowling overseas sensibly when the team is in critical situation. His experience helped Mushfiq taking decision in a tight game situation. Bangladesh has won many games because of his generous contribution to the team. BD team is in a vulnerable situation and Shakib's presence will bring courage to the team. Therefore let him get NOCs to play overseas when the time is convenient. He already repented and apologized for his misbehave publically.

  • IAS2009 on August 26, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    the problem with BD fans is every player at 19 age is super star and end up in team without proving himself, then he fails rest of his playing career, Sahkib is the only player who is of international standard but his ego is 200 times higher than its value, he don't value anyone at all, take a lesson from English board they kicked out KP knowing they will be weak without him, i think at BD board tried their best to teach a lesson to Sahkib and younger players. The problem lies with the fans who give them superstar status prematurely, if you get fame at 19-20 age you won't listen or pay attention to advise. India and Pakistan fans have no interest in BD winning or loosing but it irks them when BD fans calls these players superstars, BD is the worst performing team (stats proves it ) from the day it got the test status, there is no improvements at all, SL was also in same situation but it created a culture of winning in very short time.

  • MaksNZ on August 26, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    I hope he learns his lesson and changes his behaviour which will be good for BD Cricket as well as for himself. We need players like him to show some kind of respect to the game. He is an excellent talent and should not be wasted, instead used in a positive manner. I hope BCB manages him properly.

  • indianzen on August 26, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    they reduced the ban despite no one appealed for a ban reduction... ridiculous decision after a huge loss against WI ?

  • on August 26, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Good player.. They shud have allowed him for ipl final . Delay by a day widnt hurt much

  • ThinkingCricket on August 26, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Zunaid Iqbal: We suggest that because he is being mistreated and bullied by the BCB because they have a monopoly on his employment and can make his life hell. Would you enjoy being under an employer who can not only fire you, but ensure no one else can hire you? That too when you are his best performing employee? I am not exaggerating when I say it's akin to slavery and I am saddened it can happen in the 21st century to a world-class athlete.

  • Obaidur_nawabganj on August 26, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    nothing to say much about but Shakib should learn things that is bad.

    he is our best player no doubt.

  • Dhutugemunu on August 26, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    That was predictable. Bangladesh lost so badly. Shakib is back to "strengthen" the team.

  • on August 26, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Zunaid Iqbal, how do ypu know it's Indians and Pakistanis who are just posting these comments?

    I don't think Bangladesh should be stripped as a test or odi team but there cricket is poor.

  • Azweer on August 26, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    so cheap... when they doesnt need him, they just chuck them out.. now when the team is doing poor job they wanting him back... pathetic

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Shakib is only quality player and BCB needs to treat him right. If they continue this push he might go Kevin Pietersen way....

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    I don't know why Indians & Pakistanis are so upset about the news!!! From the very first day of Shakibs ban all the Indians suggested him to quit playing for Bangladesh & play as a free-lancer. As usual there are always some Pakistanis with their hatred message in every Bangladesh related news. Neighbors, we are capable of handling our issues, please oil your own machine.

  • Warm_Coffee on August 26, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Even with Shakib Bangladesh are still weak. Shakib is the only high quality player Bangladesh has. Rest are average, mediocre.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    When was the last time shakib won for Bangladesh.

  • Cricsupernova on August 26, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Shakib is a classy player,he has ability to turn a match to BD side,BCB simply don't have genious people.

  • SyedMahir_BD on August 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    make Mushfiq the test captain shakib odi mashrafee t20 and anamul nasir should be the vc as well .. it will be great I think

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Great news for Shakib fans. Hope he will come back and will destroy everything in the field.

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Good Decision For Our BCB . Thanks But I Said Shakib Al Hasan No Any Mistake. Play for Bangladesh Team And Do More Enjoy .

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Bangladesh is a disgrace to International cricket. With only 4 Test wins out of 83 (two against Zimbabwe and two against a Floyd Reifer-led West Indian "B" team) , they should be stripped off their Test status imo. Shakib is a real star player and clearly BCB is desperate to get him back. Making a mockery out of themselves.

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket is under some serious non professional people , secondable if the head coach hathurasinghe doesn't feet with players why he still their , I used to remember how whatmore and jammie siddons wqs loved by bangladesh cricketers , u reallly needs to have all around good mentally to keep in touch with the players , but seems coach hathurasinghe who failed before even start , I would be really happy if bangladesh try to get whatmore or siddons again for bangladesh coach

  • British_North_America on August 26, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Nikhil Khatri You are right.

  • knuckleballz on August 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    This seems to be as a result of the pounding in windes so far; probably afraid Zimbabwe will get the the better of Bangladesh at home and bring back shakib to save face and probably help win few games

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Good Decision For Our BCB Thanks.But i said shakib not any mistake.

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Dear Mr. Nikhil, I am pleased to see that u so disappointed for Shakib's ban and sorry for him. If u are a cricket follower then you must know that BD cricket is suffering in not only this WI series but for last seven to eight months and Shakib was part of these squads. So BD is suffering for the absence of Shakib is not true at all.

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    now this is hilarious stuff..first you ban someone and when u are down and dusted reduce the ban...greatest man handling of your cricketers..shakib should not join squad before six months..let bangladesh cricket suffer if it has to

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  • on August 26, 2014, 15:07 GMT

    now this is hilarious stuff..first you ban someone and when u are down and dusted reduce the ban...greatest man handling of your cricketers..shakib should not join squad before six months..let bangladesh cricket suffer if it has to

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Dear Mr. Nikhil, I am pleased to see that u so disappointed for Shakib's ban and sorry for him. If u are a cricket follower then you must know that BD cricket is suffering in not only this WI series but for last seven to eight months and Shakib was part of these squads. So BD is suffering for the absence of Shakib is not true at all.

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Good Decision For Our BCB Thanks.But i said shakib not any mistake.

  • knuckleballz on August 26, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    This seems to be as a result of the pounding in windes so far; probably afraid Zimbabwe will get the the better of Bangladesh at home and bring back shakib to save face and probably help win few games

  • British_North_America on August 26, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Nikhil Khatri You are right.

  • on August 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket is under some serious non professional people , secondable if the head coach hathurasinghe doesn't feet with players why he still their , I used to remember how whatmore and jammie siddons wqs loved by bangladesh cricketers , u reallly needs to have all around good mentally to keep in touch with the players , but seems coach hathurasinghe who failed before even start , I would be really happy if bangladesh try to get whatmore or siddons again for bangladesh coach

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Bangladesh is a disgrace to International cricket. With only 4 Test wins out of 83 (two against Zimbabwe and two against a Floyd Reifer-led West Indian "B" team) , they should be stripped off their Test status imo. Shakib is a real star player and clearly BCB is desperate to get him back. Making a mockery out of themselves.

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Good Decision For Our BCB . Thanks But I Said Shakib Al Hasan No Any Mistake. Play for Bangladesh Team And Do More Enjoy .

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Great news for Shakib fans. Hope he will come back and will destroy everything in the field.

  • SyedMahir_BD on August 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    make Mushfiq the test captain shakib odi mashrafee t20 and anamul nasir should be the vc as well .. it will be great I think