Coach Law not consulted over Shakib sacking

Stuart Law said that the decision to sack Shakib Al Hasan came as shock to him Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dhaka: Sep 8, 2011

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law revealed that he was not consulted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board before sacking Shakib Al-Hasan as the captain of the national team.

Shakib was stripped of the captaincy earlier this week while Tamim Iqbal was also removed as vice-captain following the team’s poor show against Zimbabwe.

“We took this decision after receiving reports from the different people on tour,” Bangladesh Cricket Board media chairman Jalal Yunus said.

Law admitted that it came as a shock but accepted the decision.

“It was a surprise. The cricket board has made a decision so we have got to run with it. I was not consulted but I was on leave, so I was not contactable at the time. The board has made a decision not just based on events in Zimbabwe but, from what I understand, some other ongoing situations.

“I’ve observed that the Bangladesh dressing-room is no different than any other I’ve been involved in,” Law said. “Captain and vice-captain are basically the leaders of the group. They have the respect of the players and they dish out their respect as well.

“What you guys have been told and what is being reported is far from the truth about what’s going on inside the dressing room.

“From what I’ve seen, they are a very disciplined bunch of boys. They enjoy a good time and they’re allowed to. We’re dealing with very young men in that dressing room and they should be given their chance to grow up.”