England in Bangladesh 2009-10 March 19, 2010

Raqibul Hasan has contract terminated

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Raqibul Hasan, the Bangladesh batsman who retired on the eve of the Test series against England before subsequently overturning the decision a week later, has had his contract terminated by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and won't be considered for selection for three months.

Raqibul threw Bangladesh's plans into disarray the day before the opening Test in Chittagong when he announced his retirement plans on the team bus. However, on March 17 he sent another letter to the board reversing his decision.

"The board considers Raqibul's conduct in the whole affair as disruptive to the preparation of the Bangladesh team ahead of a highly important Test match," a statement said. "It was a serious breach of discipline on part of a contracted player and unbecoming of an international cricketer.

"As such the board has terminated his contract with immediate effect and he will not be considered for selection in the national team for three months effective from 19 March to 19 June 2010. However he will be allowed to participate in domestic cricket competitions."

That decision rules him out the World Twenty20, although he hadn't been named in the preliminary squad for that event, and more significantly Bangladesh's tour of England which starts at the end of May. However, he will be eligible for selection by the time the one-day series in England takes place in July.

Raqibul's move was in response to being omitted from the one-day series against England and also the preliminary World Twenty20 squad, although there were also reports of disagreement between board and selectors over his place in the Test squad. He had been earmarked for a Test recall after an impressive warm-up match for Bangladesh A against England where he made 107 and 51.

"The board believes that timely punitive measures would discourage other players from taking similar path in future and has decided that very strict actions will be taken against cricketers who break discipline and BCB's code of conduct," the statement added.

Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, had earlier indicated that he hoped to have Raqibul available for the Tests in England. "We've spoken to him, but it is still up to a board decision to release him back to play," he said.

"That's not happening yet so he's left his run a little bit late. I would have had him back no problem but there's a few little delays happening. Hopefully we'll have him back for the England tour and the Asia Cup."

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  • Zeeleon on March 24, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    No I am not. I would have been proud if I were. I just know how to look at things with different perspective and to stand beside someone who has been helpless by the people who are influenced by the media or irrational others rather than their own good judgment. Bangladesh does not have many players like him today hence does not have the luxury to send him on exile. Its very easy to agree with what everyone thinks and says but it needs some serious thinking to disagree. And I do disagree with most. If I got it right this guy will go a long way in Bangladesh cricket. And I will make sure I am right! Cheers everyone.

  • malmanca on March 23, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Zeeleon are you related to Raqibul?

  • Zeeleon on March 22, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Can't believe that most of the commentators here are so harsh on this poor fellow. He was just as emotional as you guys are about his 'mistake'. This man is just in his twenty! A vulnerable age to be swept by emotions and sentiments and why we are so unable to appreciate that. I don't think that he breached any discipline at all, he simply retired and everyone has a right to do so. Had he just said that he wouldn't play would have been a breach of discipline but he had not done that. He retired for what ever reason we are not very sure of. There must be somewhere some good reasons for him to take such a decision. Imagine what that could be when you can make a decision like that from an international arena. Guys please have a heart. Any given day I would love to have a guy like this brave one in my side! Who could prove his metal on the ground and prove that the selectors were perhaps wrong. The problem of Bangladesh is that it has not as many players of this tenacity and strength!

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Well done BCB for a timely measure!! I hope it does some good to Raqibul's arrogance. I appreciate the fact that he has a right to retire, however he should have put his country first and should not have disrupted the team's preparation for the first test.

  • convertorboy on March 21, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Thumb's up to the BCB. I wish the WICB and PCB would take a page from your book. While it may seem lenient for such a childish act, they recognize that mistakes can be dealt with in a just fashion. It's commendable they're giving him a chance to continue playing and to earn a test spot in the future.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 21, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Continuity is the key for Bang so Raqibul should wait for an injury or for a guy to go stale after 20 or so matches (like Ashraful). You move your feet, you loose your seat Raqibul.

  • JS82 on March 20, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    BCB is being very lenient here. I was expecting more along the line of 1 year ban from international cricket. I guess they took his young age into consideration. I do not see England captain Cook (only 24 years of age himself) deciding to retire because he was not selected for the T20 world cup squad. When asked by Atherton he said he would let his bat do the talk. That's what Raqibul should have done too instead of letting his emotions run high. Shakib was correct in rebuking the board for not taking sterner actions against Nafees and Mashrafe for similar disruptive behavior. No organization keeps their employee on the payroll if they dont perform and same should be true for professional cricketers and they have to accept that fact with dignity.

    As others have noted, PCB is in disarray for not taking tougher stances against the likes of Maliks and Akmals when they had the opportunity. BCB should learn from the SriLankan Cricket Broad on how to operate with limited resources.

  • on March 20, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    LOL...Raqibul's bull called by the board....

  • on March 20, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Who he think he was? Tendulker? LOL Good punishment, not a very severe one though.

    If he is smart he would brush it off and concentrate on playing better cricket, make the best out of this.

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I was hoping for more severe punishment. Indeed he isn't a player of that high standard who can retire in that manner. Ok, as he did so he shouldn't be allowed to cricket field at least for two years.

  • Zeeleon on March 24, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    No I am not. I would have been proud if I were. I just know how to look at things with different perspective and to stand beside someone who has been helpless by the people who are influenced by the media or irrational others rather than their own good judgment. Bangladesh does not have many players like him today hence does not have the luxury to send him on exile. Its very easy to agree with what everyone thinks and says but it needs some serious thinking to disagree. And I do disagree with most. If I got it right this guy will go a long way in Bangladesh cricket. And I will make sure I am right! Cheers everyone.

  • malmanca on March 23, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Zeeleon are you related to Raqibul?

  • Zeeleon on March 22, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Can't believe that most of the commentators here are so harsh on this poor fellow. He was just as emotional as you guys are about his 'mistake'. This man is just in his twenty! A vulnerable age to be swept by emotions and sentiments and why we are so unable to appreciate that. I don't think that he breached any discipline at all, he simply retired and everyone has a right to do so. Had he just said that he wouldn't play would have been a breach of discipline but he had not done that. He retired for what ever reason we are not very sure of. There must be somewhere some good reasons for him to take such a decision. Imagine what that could be when you can make a decision like that from an international arena. Guys please have a heart. Any given day I would love to have a guy like this brave one in my side! Who could prove his metal on the ground and prove that the selectors were perhaps wrong. The problem of Bangladesh is that it has not as many players of this tenacity and strength!

  • on March 21, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Well done BCB for a timely measure!! I hope it does some good to Raqibul's arrogance. I appreciate the fact that he has a right to retire, however he should have put his country first and should not have disrupted the team's preparation for the first test.

  • convertorboy on March 21, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    Thumb's up to the BCB. I wish the WICB and PCB would take a page from your book. While it may seem lenient for such a childish act, they recognize that mistakes can be dealt with in a just fashion. It's commendable they're giving him a chance to continue playing and to earn a test spot in the future.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 21, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Continuity is the key for Bang so Raqibul should wait for an injury or for a guy to go stale after 20 or so matches (like Ashraful). You move your feet, you loose your seat Raqibul.

  • JS82 on March 20, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    BCB is being very lenient here. I was expecting more along the line of 1 year ban from international cricket. I guess they took his young age into consideration. I do not see England captain Cook (only 24 years of age himself) deciding to retire because he was not selected for the T20 world cup squad. When asked by Atherton he said he would let his bat do the talk. That's what Raqibul should have done too instead of letting his emotions run high. Shakib was correct in rebuking the board for not taking sterner actions against Nafees and Mashrafe for similar disruptive behavior. No organization keeps their employee on the payroll if they dont perform and same should be true for professional cricketers and they have to accept that fact with dignity.

    As others have noted, PCB is in disarray for not taking tougher stances against the likes of Maliks and Akmals when they had the opportunity. BCB should learn from the SriLankan Cricket Broad on how to operate with limited resources.

  • on March 20, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    LOL...Raqibul's bull called by the board....

  • on March 20, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Who he think he was? Tendulker? LOL Good punishment, not a very severe one though.

    If he is smart he would brush it off and concentrate on playing better cricket, make the best out of this.

  • on March 20, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I was hoping for more severe punishment. Indeed he isn't a player of that high standard who can retire in that manner. Ok, as he did so he shouldn't be allowed to cricket field at least for two years.

  • Happy_AusBang on March 20, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    The issue is not how good a player Raquibul is, or whether the Board was wrong in not selecting him. There will be arguments for and against, on both counts. The issue is one of discipline. A player representing the country at the highest level should be mature enough to face adversity. We don't want Bangladesh cricket to become like Pakistan cricket which has become a circus. These matters have to be nipped in the bud regardless of short-term inconveniences. In the long run cricket in Bangladesh will emerge stronger because of such decisive action. Congratulations to the Board for taking this decision.

  • on March 20, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    LOLZ, Raquibul=Epic fail!!!.

  • Biddut1 on March 20, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    He should be punished where it hurts most- MONEY. He single handedly disrupted 1st test match by his drama. What a dram queen! Who is Raquibul, if it is not for cricket! He is entitled to retire, but he is not entitled to create drama day before 1st test. When was the last time he won us a test? His punishment should be an example for rest of the team. We do not need any more disruption.

  • RomanNoseJob on March 20, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    In the circumstances, a 3 month ban is lenient without seeming soft. BCB do not want these sort of problems to escalate if they are starting a journey of improvement. Lets face it though, even if he is one of their more talented players, his scores were not backing this up. His intent to play really well in the warm-ups and then retire were pathetic. Perhaps had he similarly applied himself when actually being selected he wouldn't have been in the situation he's in.

  • on March 19, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    completely agree with Script- Writer. BCB indeed is being very fair. and as far as raqibul is concerned, he just made himself look like a fool here ! Raqibul was given ample opportunity in the matches against india and new zealand which he failed to capitalize on. and BCB quite rightly dropped him and took aftab.But as with Bangladesh, the only players that are familiar with playing cricket are those few 4 players, rest play "street cricket".

  • butterhandsfingers on March 19, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Can the tigers really hold on three months to wait for someone who's best score against anybody other than West Indies Fourths is 28? Raqibul is clearly an arrogant prat who I'm sure the team could get on a lot better without. Surely, next time he's dropped (which won't be long) he'll retire again anyway

  • QTS_ on March 19, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Anyone tempted to draw a comparison between ICL deserters and Rokibul? Both put personal interests of wealth and vengeance ahead of national interest. What is barring them from pursuing more detrimental courses, like match-fixing? Even if it does not get so drastic, deliberate under-performance or running out of batting partners can be more easily conceived. Therefore, it is better to truncate the roots before it grows to resemble Pakistan cricket.

  • on March 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    I think Raqibul is stupid and showed unprofessionalism. he deserves more punishments. Shame on him!!!!!!!!!

  • ScriptWriter on March 19, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I think the BCB is being very fair in this case. Perhaps the PCB can learn from them?

  • Kalim-Bangladesh on March 19, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    First of all there shouldn't have been such abrupt decision from the player himself doesn't matter how young u r in your career when u represent ur country in the highest level u got to have more mature head over ur shoulder. Having said so, I think BCB here at fault, it took the entire country to shock when Raqibul was replaced by Aftab in the lone test match in Newzealand and again there was the same mistake in Enland ODI series. Having seen performance of Aftab in newzealand BCB again dropped (apparently bypassing the decision of selectors) Raqibul in favour of Aftab. Had that event not happened in Newzealand the entire Retirement issue wouldn't have come up before the start of 1st test in Chittatgong. Now BCB can mend their mistake by withdrawing the ban and by refraining from having hand in selection in future.

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  • Kalim-Bangladesh on March 19, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    First of all there shouldn't have been such abrupt decision from the player himself doesn't matter how young u r in your career when u represent ur country in the highest level u got to have more mature head over ur shoulder. Having said so, I think BCB here at fault, it took the entire country to shock when Raqibul was replaced by Aftab in the lone test match in Newzealand and again there was the same mistake in Enland ODI series. Having seen performance of Aftab in newzealand BCB again dropped (apparently bypassing the decision of selectors) Raqibul in favour of Aftab. Had that event not happened in Newzealand the entire Retirement issue wouldn't have come up before the start of 1st test in Chittatgong. Now BCB can mend their mistake by withdrawing the ban and by refraining from having hand in selection in future.

  • ScriptWriter on March 19, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I think the BCB is being very fair in this case. Perhaps the PCB can learn from them?

  • on March 19, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    I think Raqibul is stupid and showed unprofessionalism. he deserves more punishments. Shame on him!!!!!!!!!

  • QTS_ on March 19, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    Anyone tempted to draw a comparison between ICL deserters and Rokibul? Both put personal interests of wealth and vengeance ahead of national interest. What is barring them from pursuing more detrimental courses, like match-fixing? Even if it does not get so drastic, deliberate under-performance or running out of batting partners can be more easily conceived. Therefore, it is better to truncate the roots before it grows to resemble Pakistan cricket.

  • butterhandsfingers on March 19, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Can the tigers really hold on three months to wait for someone who's best score against anybody other than West Indies Fourths is 28? Raqibul is clearly an arrogant prat who I'm sure the team could get on a lot better without. Surely, next time he's dropped (which won't be long) he'll retire again anyway

  • on March 19, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    completely agree with Script- Writer. BCB indeed is being very fair. and as far as raqibul is concerned, he just made himself look like a fool here ! Raqibul was given ample opportunity in the matches against india and new zealand which he failed to capitalize on. and BCB quite rightly dropped him and took aftab.But as with Bangladesh, the only players that are familiar with playing cricket are those few 4 players, rest play "street cricket".

  • RomanNoseJob on March 20, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    In the circumstances, a 3 month ban is lenient without seeming soft. BCB do not want these sort of problems to escalate if they are starting a journey of improvement. Lets face it though, even if he is one of their more talented players, his scores were not backing this up. His intent to play really well in the warm-ups and then retire were pathetic. Perhaps had he similarly applied himself when actually being selected he wouldn't have been in the situation he's in.

  • Biddut1 on March 20, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    He should be punished where it hurts most- MONEY. He single handedly disrupted 1st test match by his drama. What a dram queen! Who is Raquibul, if it is not for cricket! He is entitled to retire, but he is not entitled to create drama day before 1st test. When was the last time he won us a test? His punishment should be an example for rest of the team. We do not need any more disruption.

  • on March 20, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    LOLZ, Raquibul=Epic fail!!!.

  • Happy_AusBang on March 20, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    The issue is not how good a player Raquibul is, or whether the Board was wrong in not selecting him. There will be arguments for and against, on both counts. The issue is one of discipline. A player representing the country at the highest level should be mature enough to face adversity. We don't want Bangladesh cricket to become like Pakistan cricket which has become a circus. These matters have to be nipped in the bud regardless of short-term inconveniences. In the long run cricket in Bangladesh will emerge stronger because of such decisive action. Congratulations to the Board for taking this decision.