AHM Mustafa Kamal (C), who took over as International Cricket Council's 11th president in June this year, receives a bouquet during a ceremony organised by the Bangladesh Cricket Board at a city hotel yesterday. Kamal is the first Bangladeshi to take over the ICC's reins. Photo: Star
A decision regarding all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's appeal against the suspension imposed on him by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will be taken after Eid, informed BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon yesterday.
Speaking at a ceremony organised to congratulate newly-elected ICC President AHM Mustafa Kamal at a city hotel, Papon said that he wanted to discuss Shakib's appeal with board members before taking any decision.
“The decision to suspend him was the board's, so naturally whatever happens next will take place with the permission of the entire board. The constitution allows me to take a decision on my own, but this is a big issue and I want to know the opinion of the members of the board,” said Papon.
On July 7, the Board imposed a six-moth ban on the 27-year-old from all cricketing activities and also decided against issuing him no objection certificates for overseas tournaments till December 31, 2015. On Sunday, Shakib submitted a plea to the BCB asking it to reconsider the suspension.
While the BCB president did not provide any information regarding a possible reduction in Shakib's sentencing, he did say that he was content with the way the left-hander behaved since the suspension was imposed.
“I don't see any possibility of Shakib participating in the West Indies series (begins on August 20) at this point of time. Personally I can see a few positives in Shakib since the board imposed the suspension on him. But it's not possible to judge someone in such a short period.
“His appeal was very well written and that is a good sign. We will sit at the earliest possible date after Eid and come to a conclusion. The fact is that the members of the board actually wanted a harsher punishment for the player initially. So it is important to take a collective decision,” said Papon.
As per the current state of the suspension Shakib will miss out on Bangladesh's series' against the West Indies in August and Zimbabwe in October. Shakib was suspended for breaching the BCB's code of conduct after the star all-rounder had gotten himself involved in a series of disciplinary issues this year.