BCB Suspends Shakib For Six Months

Shakib Al Hasan bowls
Shakib Al Hasan has been handed a severe penalty by the Bangladesh Cricket Board
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Reaction - Tahmeed Hossain

I completely understand the reason behind the decision of the board, but I would still say that his punishment should be reduced because he is the only Bangladeshi who is successfully participating in tournaments like the IPL.

Moreover, he is one of the more consistent performers. I would bring the case of footballer Luis Suárez as an example. He is the best performer in his team and as a result though he broke the code of conduct, his national Football Association is still supporting him.

I think that this punishment given to Shakib is unfair but I know that the BCB has done this to send a clear message: it doesn’t matter how good you are, if you break any rules, you will be punished.

Shakib will miss series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe. If BCB doesn’t reduce his punishment then Shakib will probably miss the IPL in 2015.

This decision has broken the hearts of many Bangladeshi supporters. Not to mention that the whole cricket world will miss Shakib a lot until his ban ends.

We hope that not only Shakib but also each and every cricketer will take a lesson from this.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has handed all-rounder and former captain Shakib Al Hasan a six-month suspension and banned him from playing overseas for 18 months.

The BCB has officially declared that Shakib won’t be able to play any cricket the for the next six months.

In addition, he won’t be allowed to participate in any foreign leagues, such as the Indian Premier League or the Caribbean Premier League, until 2016.

Shakib broke the BCB Code of Conduct recently and ended up in an argument with Bangladesh head coach Chandrika Hathurusinghe.

He claims he did not threaten to resign from international cricket having not been given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the Caribbean Premeir League, where he was due to join up with the Barbados Tridents for a second season.

Speaking to the Bangladeshi media, he said that he misunderstood the situation and thought that he had been given permission by the board to go and play in the CPL.

He also expressed his sorrow and said that he had apologised to the coach.

Nevertheless, the BCB, following a board meeting today (7th July), has taken a strong course of action against Shakib.

"He has a severe attitude problem, which is unprecedented in the history of Bangladesh cricket. That is affecting the total team," BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters in Bangladesh.

"It is not easy to take such action against (a) player like Shakib but we had to take it for the welfare of the country's cricket," he added.

Since making his international debut in 2007, Shakib has played 34 Tests, 136 One-Day Internationals and 35 Twenty20 Internationals.

He captained the side in two spells between 2009 and 2011 and was a part of the team that beat India and South Africa at the 2007 World Cup.

He has twice won the Indian Premier League with the Kolkata Knight Riders, has represented English county sides Leicestershire and Worcestershire as well as the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League and the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

His suspension leaves Bangladesh with the task of playing without their premier all-rounder as they prepare for series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

It also gives the Barbados Tridents limited time to find a replacement ahead of the start of the CPL 2014 later this week.

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