Four days after screenshots of Bangladesh pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib’s misogynistic social media posts went viral, Bangladesh Cricket Board faced the media yesterday, but could only offer what amounted to a mere apology on the player’s behalf.
The kind of bat speed Tawhid Hridoy generates has already been a telling factor since his introduction to international cricket. At the highest level, however, technique and mentality are opposite sides of the same coin.
Bangladesh slumped to a 142-run defeat against Afghanistan in the second and penultimate ODI on Saturday to lose their first-ever ODI series against the visitors. The Tigers have enjoyed a healthy record at home and the series defeat was only their third at home since 2016. The question that most comes to mind is whether the defeat had more to do with non-cricketing reasons than cricketing ones.
The rough way in which even stalwarts like Tamim and Shakib are handled speaks volumes about the overall mistreatment of players by the BCB.
Both Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan made their debuts in close proximity. Tamim was the first to enter the ODI format, Shakib coming in just a few months later. Shakib had debuted first in Tests, ahead of Tamim, who debuted in 2008. In friendship, the two of the big and young characters of Bangladesh cricket took the team to new heights. In their split, it is as if a broken mirror now shows the muddy atmosphere of the cricket fraternity.
Author Mohammad Isam is a household name to those who follow Bangladesh cricket through ESPNCricinfo.
It appears that Bangladesh Test and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das will not be allowed to skip the upcoming Ireland Test from April 04, as far as Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan Papon is concerned, after the two star cricketers applied for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the BCB in order to be present from the beginning of the Indian Premier League (IPL), slated to begin on March 31.
BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed the news to the media as the two cricketers are willing to take a leave from the only Test against Ireland scheduled on April 4 in Mirpur.
Ahead of the two white-ball series against England, all the noise in the media related to the captains of the two respective formats, ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal and T20I counterpart Shakib Al Hasan, not being on talking terms.