Shakib Al Hasan is undoubtedly the most loved and most popular cricketer in Bangladesh. His performance on the biggest stages have brought special glory and pride to Bangladesh.
He has been the number one all-rounder in the ICC ODI and Test rankings. Recently he became the sixth most valuable player at the Indian Premier League and was also awarded the best T20 all-rounder in the CEAT cricket award night.
But regardless of whether he is the most valuable and important player of Bangladesh or not, Shakib’s career is not running so smoothly. He was suspended by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for three matches during the Asia Cup because of his bad behavior.
However, recently Shakib started a debate again by breaking BCB rules. Reportedly, after a match against India, some bystanders made comments about Shakib’s wife and somehow Shakib heard it.
It is believed that Shakib, along with some security members, attacked those boys aggressively. Although Shakib was provoked such actions cannot be condoned.
The BCB took no action, but a few days ago Shakib went to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) without seeking permission of BCB - the CPL is a competition for which a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required.
New Bangladesh coach Chandrika Hathurusinghe told him to come back before 31st July and participate in practice sessions from 1st August. But Shakib wanted to play the full tournament and he disagreed with the coach.
This argument between Shakib and coach led to Shakib threatening the coach that he would retire from Tests and ODIs. Hathurusinghe notified BCB about this and Shakib was called back to Bangladesh.
Nazmul Hasan, BCB chairman has expressed his dissatisfaction and from his response it seems likely that the BCB will be fining or suspending Shakib for a certain period.
Hasan also said that BCB will take a decision about Shakib at a board meeting today (7th July).
After returning to Bangladesh, Shakib told the media that he hadn’t threatened the coach about retiring. He said that this type of argument happens in all families and he has expressed his regret to the coach.
Now everything depends on today's board meeting. But every Bangladeshi will hope that BCB wouldn’won't take any step against Shakib especially after the poor results in recent series.
Nevertheless, the BCB has always dealt with rule breaches strongly so chances are that Shakib will be punished.
Shakib Al Hasan should understand that he is the most loved and popular Bangladeshi player and also an inspiration to young cricketers.
However, with that position comes a responsibility to behave properly according to the BCB's code of conduct.
No one wants to see Shakib suspended and especially no Bangladeshi will want to see this. Shakib is the heart of not only Bangladesh team but also the whole nation and for this reason, he should be more responsible.
Will Shakib’s behavior result in serious consequences? Today’s board meeting will reveal all.
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