In a one-of-a-kind decision the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday suspended all-rounder 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 decision was taken during a board meeting at Mirpur. 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.
The left-hander had gotten himself involved in a series of disciplinary issues in the last two months and according to BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon, the suspension was a result of all the events combined.
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 coach Chandika Hathurasingha 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.
Speaking to reporters, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon said, “The series of disciplinary breaches show that he has a severe attitude problem, the extent of which we have never seen in a Bangladesh national player.
“We feel that his behaviour has had a negative effect on the team. What is alarming is that there are several other players beginning to behave like him and that is not a good sign. Shakib is a role model; he is our country's ambassador and he should be able to maintain his self-discipline,” said Papon at a press conference in Mirpur yesterday.
“It is for the sake of cricket that we have unanimously decided to suspend him,” he added.
Shakib had spoken to the BCB president an hour before yesterday's meeting took place. A disgruntled Shakib, who remained at the BCB headquarters almost two hours after the meeting ended, decided against speaking to the media regarding the suspension. When a few reporters walked alongside the player and asked him for a comment he smilingly diverted the attention to his new car.
Earlier, Shakib was banned for three ODIs during the Asia Cup for displaying a lewd gesture on live television. He was amongst controversy yet again when he spoke against Bangladesh's fans in an interview with a Bengali daily during the World T20.