Bangladesh Cricket Board: Days after assaulting his teammate during a match, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday banned pacer Shahadat Hossain for five years, with two years suspended. He was also fined 300000 Taka for physically assaulting Arafat Sunny, his teammate. The incident came on last Sunday in a match between Dhaka and Khulna.
According to reports, Sunny told Hossain that he was not competent to shine the ball which infuriated the pacer. Other players had to intervene when the 33-year-old fast bowler resorted to physical attack. Though he admitted assaulting his teammate, he will not be allowed to play during the ban period.
The ban came when Hossain was in the 30s, it means when the ban ends, his career would have almost ended. He has represented Bangladesh in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is. He has claimed 123 wickets across the three formats with 72 in red-ball games, 47 in ODIs and four in the shortest format of the game.
It was not for the first time that action was taken against Bangladeshi temperamental cricketer. In 2015, police arrested him after he allegedly beat an 11-year old maid. He was banned from all cricketing activities. After his arrest, he has not played a single international match.
Meanwhile, last month, Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan was banned for two years after he failed to report the bookie’s approach to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit. The ban came just ahead of Bangladesh’s India tour. It was a major setback for visitors. Bangladesh team visited India to play the three-mac T20 series and two-match Test series. They lost the shortest format series 2-1. Bangladesh also lost the first Test match by a huge margin.
The second Test will begin from November 22 in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. It will be a first-ever day-night match between the two teams. Both sides will be playing pink-ball for the first time.