July 29, 2021


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Shakib banned for three matches

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided on the rude behavior of Mohammedan captain Shakib Al Hasan against Abahani at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday. According to the reports of the match umpires, Shakib was banned for three matches and fined Rs 500,000 on the recommendation of the match referee, said Kazi Inam, chairman of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM).

Usually the code of conduct on the field is addressed immediately after the match. The match referee summoned the accused. The verdict was announced after the hearing. But in the case of Shakib Al Hasan, the match referee Morshedul Alam did not take any immediate decision. The matter has reached the house of BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon. Kazi Inam said this at an unofficial press conference in the garage of the board president’s house last evening, ‘We have discussed with the honorable board president here. Me and Jalal Yunus Bhai (Chairman of the Media Committee of the BCB). He (Board President) is very concerned. So, the decision that we made … what Shakib did twice that day is level three. So he has been suspended for three matches and fined five lakh rupees.

Shakib broke the stumps by kicking the umpire for not responding to LBW’s appeal against Mushfiqur Rahim during his first bowling on Friday. In the next over, another umpire announced that the game was stopped due to rain and Shakib threw three stumps.

The ICC Code of Conduct has clear rules in this regard. If the umpire behaves rudely in protest of a decision, it will be considered as Level One or Two, depending on the report submitted by the umpires. However, if a player commits the same act within the next six months, it will be considered as Level Three or Four. That will also be determined on the report of the umpire. However, Shakib did not wait for six months. His two stumpings in the match against Abahani were just five balls apart. So in the Code of Conduct it is automatically a third level crime. If the umpires mentioned that they felt endangered, it was Level Four, which could have put Shakib in the face of a bigger punishment.

However, no hearing was held in Shakib’s case. After the Abahani-Mohammedan match, he apologized for the incident on his Facebook page. He informed the match organizers not to oppose any decision. He also accepted the punishment. Shakib will not be seen in the next three matches for Mohammedan. There are also doubts whether he will be seen on the field in the club jersey this season. Doubts are also flying in the Mohammedan club that Shakib may move to America with his family.