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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)

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