January 24, 2010

Bangladesh cricket

Oh caption my caption

Kanishkaa Balachandran

The picture seemed a sure shot for a caption competition but one Bangladesh national daily put their own spin on it to leave the Bangladesh Cricket Board seething. The picture showed team captain Shakib Al Hasan kneeling while in conversation with BCB president Mustafa Kamal at a function. The paper's caption said the captain was actually apologising in public for his reaction to Kamal’s earlier comments questioning the team’s commitment after a poor start to the year. Kamal’s comment and Shakib’s reaction occurred during a function to felicitate the team for its wins against West Indies and Zimbabwe last year.

The photo was published on successive days, which only peeved the BCB even more and eventually prompted them to issue a statement clarifying what the conversation was actually about. “The caption of the photo has been written based purely on assumption and was a totally false impression of the actual facts.,” the statement read. “The photo was taken during a conversation between the BCB president and the national team captain and was far from what the caption had indicated." The discussion, it said, was very cordial and at no stage was the captain made to apologise.

The statement did not answer one simple question: Couldn't they just find Shakib a chair?

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