Bangladesh Cricket Board: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has handed a one-year ban to pacer Shahadat Hossain after he physically assaulted Arafat Sunny, his teammate. After the ban, Hossain will not be allowed to take part in the BCB event for a year. He was also fined Taka 50,000. He will not be seen in action in the ongoing National Cricket league.
The assault came during a first-class match in Khulna, between Dhaka and Khulna Division. Reports said Sunny, the left-arm spinner, had asked Hossain that he was not able to shine the ball. His words infuriated Hossain who resorted to a physical attack.
Hossain admitted he could not control his temper after Sunny misbehaved with him. It was for the second time that he landed in a controversy. In 2015, the right-handed pacer was jailed after he allegedly tortured an 11-year-old maid. The BCB had banned him from all forms of cricket. The right-handed bowler has played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is. He has claimed 72 wickets in the red-ball cricket, 47 in the 5o-over format and four wickets in the shortest format.
Last month, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was awarded a ban of two years by the International Cricket Council. This came after the star cricketer failed to report bookies’ approach to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit’. He was the ace cricketer of Bangladesh for all the three formats.
In the ongoing two-match Test series with India, Bangladesh felt the dire need of Hasan. The team lost by an innings and 130 runs. Bangladesh got another setback before the India tour as opener Tamim Iqbal pulled out. He was replaced with Imrul Kayes. Bangladesh also lost the T20I series 2-0.
Both the teams are set to play their first-ever day-night Test in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, starting from November 22 to November 26. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are expected to witness the match on the first day.