Chandika Hathurusingha and Shakib Al Hasan
The coach of Bangladesh cricket team Chandika Hathurusingha said that he will sit with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) members today to discuss the ban slapped on ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Hathurusingha, the former Sri Lankan batsman, told this to the media when reporters approached him at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday evening on his return from Sri Lanka.
He will sit with the board members to discuss the punishment of Shakib and later on the day he will join the training camp of Bangladesh team tomorrow, Hathurusingha said.
When asked about the recent controversies of Shakib, the coach was keen not to reveal details before the media.
The kind of skill that Shakib has, he will be of value to any team, he added.
In a one-of-a-kind decision the BCB on July 7 suspended Shakib Al Hasan from taking part in any competitive cricket for six months. The left-hander has also been barred from taking part in any foreign competitions until December 31, 2015.
The board's verdict means that Shakib will not be a part of Bangladesh's series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe, scheduled for August and October respectively. He will also not be given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in the Caribbean Premier League or any other foreign T20 domestic competitions for the next 18 months.
During Bangladesh's home series against India in June this year, Shakib left the dressing room during an ongoing match and allegedly got into a scuffle with a spectator. The left-hander was called in for a hearing regarding the issue after the series.
Then the all-rounder defied the board's authority and left the country to take part in the CPL without obtaining a NOC from the BCB.
The breaking point, however, was reached when the board learned through a letter from the coach Chandika Hathurusingha that the 27-year-old, after an argument with the coach before leaving for the West Indies, had threatened to quit ODI and Test cricket.