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Shahadat Hossain banned for five years for assaulting team-mate

The fast bowler physically attacked Arafat Sunny Jr during a National Cricket league game in Khulna

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
Shahadat Hossain hasn't played international cricket since 2015

Shahadat Hossain hasn't played international cricket since 2015  •  Getty Images

Shahadat Hossain, the Bangladeshi fast bowler, has been banned for five years, with two years suspended, following an incident during a National Cricket League (NCL) game in Khulna when he physically assaulted team-mate Arafat Sunny Jr on the field.
The 33-year-old Dhaka Division player was withdrawn from the game against Khulna Division after allegedly hitting Sunny, apparently following an argument about shining the ball - Sunny refused to shine the ball for the paceman. Those who saw the incident said it needed the Dhaka players' intervention to restrain Hossain.
His actions amounted to a Level 4 offence and he was handed a fine of BDT 100,000 (USD 1200 approx.) by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The NCL's technical committee made the decision on Tuesday afternoon, leaving Shahadat with a chance to appeal against the penalty by November 26.
"We have banned Shahadat Hossain for five years with two years of suspended sentence," Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector who is part of the NCL's committee, said after their meeting in Dhaka. "He can appeal by November 26. He has been reported with a Level 4 offence, based upon which the technical committee took the decision.
"What he did was very unfortunate. These incidents keep happening. BCB has a zero-tolerance policy for these things. No player will be spared. We have considered his previous history before taking this decision. It should serve as an example for all cricketers."
Meanwhile, according to local newspaper reports, Dhaka pacer Mohammad Shahid could also be punished, after it emerged that he had been mentioned in the match officials' report for starting the scrap with Sunny. Shahid has reportedly admitted to his guilt.
Hossain, who has played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is between 2005 and 2015, hasn't been in the national frame since he was arrested in 2015 for beating up his domestic help, which led to a temporary suspension.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84