Home > Features >

Shakib Al Hasan’s ban is justified

Shakib Al Hasan has been banned from international cricket for six months and all forms of T20 leagues till the end of 2015 © AFP
Shakib Al Hasan has been banned from international cricket for six months and all forms of T20 leagues till the end of 2015 © AFP

Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for six months from playing international cricket by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday. Moreover, he has been prevented from participating in overseas Twenty20 (T20) tournaments till the end of 2015. Sudatta Mukherjee argues why the ban is justified.

Shakib Al Hasan is undoubtedly the greatest cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced. However, throughout his career, the man has had a series of disciplinary issues both on and off the field. The latest has been the cricketer not adhering to the nation’s cricket board’s orders and leaving for Caribbean Premier League (CPL) without any No Objection Certificate from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Shakib also threatened to quit from T20s and ODIs for the board’s decision. The other disciplinary issue was the misbehaviour with coach Chandika Hathurusingha.

As a result he was called back few days back and on Monday banned from playing international cricket for six months and he has been prevented from playing in any overseas Twenty20 (T20) league till the end of 2015.

This has come as a shock to many Bangladeshi cricketers. Shakib will not a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad for Champions League T20 2014 and Indian Premier League Season Eight either. However, one must understand that how big a cricketer is, he is not bigger than the laws that board has set up, let alone the sport itself.

Shakib has had his share of on-field tussles. He had reacted violently on field, when a person was being a distraction near the sightscreen during a One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand. During 2011 World Cup, Shakib had been booed by fans at Dhaka and he had allegedly reacted aggressively and later on went on to criticise former Bangladesh cricketers in his column for a Bangladesh daily. He was also fined and handed a three-ODI ban for making inappropriate gesture on live television during a match against Sri Lanka.

Not only that, after Bangladesh failed to qualify beyond group stage, Shakib said, “It was a mistake on the part of BCB, fans as well as the media to expect that Bangladesh would perform well.” He also said that Bangladesh “should not play home series for at least two years” that he succeeded at the highest level despite the system and “Bangladeshi players can’t hit big sixes regularly as most of them have grown up eating only khichdi and not orange juice!”

A cricketer of his stature should choose his words a little better. There will be a lot of young cricketers who must be looking up to him in Bangladesh and to speak like that, is wrong on his part.

Shakib has been warned on various occasions by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The board can only tolerate till a certain point and it was right for the authorities to take an action.

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

CPL 2014: Trinidad and Tobago to be integrated in Red Steel’s team name

Jos Buttler calls his Test call-up for England against India a “dream come true”

Pakistan court helps family of girl cricketer who committed suicide

Pakistan Cricket Board aims to introduce democratic process of governance

Sachin Tendulkar not offended by Maria Sharapova’s comment

India tour of England 2014: Figures demonstrate why the Lord’s win is special

India’s overseas victories where pace bowlers dominated – Part 2 of 2

Ishant Sharma: The enigma who takes key wickets

Statistical highlights of India vs England 2014, 2nd Test at Lord’s

Ishant Sharma’s email inbox after the Lord’s Test match against England

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

India’s overseas victories where pace bowlers dominated – Part 2 of 2

What did Anil Kapoor do for daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor’s Khoobsurat?

Xiaomi Mi4 announced; backed by 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and 3GB Ram!

Kick: Salman Khan’s killer dialogues printed on T-shirts!

Diet Tip #23 – Switch to rice bran oil for better health

Know Your Exercises – Double leg butt kick

Nvidia Shield Tablet powered by a Tegra K1 processor announced

Bang Bang official teaser: Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif’s offer never seen before action! Watch video!

India tour of England 2014: Figures demonstrate why the Lord’s win is special

Telecom stocks ring in gain; Nifty zooms 84 points

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here