Success should not get into one's head and recently Shakib Al Hasan has been showing signs of that.
In Sylhet last week he lost his temper against a mere cricketing fan during the Victory Day T20 Cup.
Focussing on the off-field events of players' lives is not a strategy that The Daily Star takes up, however, the most recent exchange that the 26-year-old had with one of its reporters, who was singled out during a gathering of reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday, has compelled us to publish this report.
Here is a word-to-word transcript of the conversation:
Shakib: Are you not from The Daily Star? How could you publish that photo? Should I sue your paper?
Daily Star: Not quite sure which photo you're talking about.
Shakib: You work for The Daily Star and you don't know which photo I am talking about? What kind of a job do you do? (turning towards the other reporters) They (The Daily Star) published a cover photo of me in some 'Showbiz' magazine. What's your owner's name again? Some Mahbub …?
By which time the reporters started asking questions regarding the game that he had just played.
Showbiz, a supplement of The Daily Star, published a cover photo, which included Shakib and his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir and provided by the couple's official photographer, for a year-end issue indicating the most popular events of 2013.
The left-hander obviously had a problem with that and it is likely that he would have been a happier person had he been able to sell the photo to this newspaper. But in that case he should have instructed his photographer not to give his photograph to the press.