Fast bowling national discard Shahadat Hossain may face a one-year ban from all forms of cricket for his alleged physical assault on Dhaka Division teammate Arafat Sunny Junior. Apparently the altercation began when 24-year-old Sunny admitted that he did not know how to shine the ball during a National Cricket League final round fixture against Khulna on Sunday.
The other Dhaka Division players had to restrain Shahadat, who has featured in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is, during the clash on the field. It was also learnt that Shahadat was displeased with Arafat for poor fielding. Shahadat eventually gave in to his emotions and slapped Arafat.
The 33-year-old was immediately withdrawn from the match and sent home with the match referee reporting the matter to the NCL technical committee.
“The match referee mentioned that Shahadat committed a Level-4 offense and the punishment for breaching this law ranges from a one-year ban to a lifetime suspension from cricket. We will have a meeting of our technical committee tomorrow [today] and will only let you know after that,” Minhajul Abedin, head of the NCL technical committee, told reporters yesterday.
However, this is not the first incident of this nature for Shahadat, who was behind bars back in 2015 for assaulting his domestic help. He also made headlines a few years ago for engaging in a fight with an auto-rickshaw.