Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has handed a three-match ban and a fine of Tk 5 lakh to Shakib Al Hasan due to his outburst during the game between Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club on Friday. While announcing his punishment on Saturday evening, BCB staged an unprecedented drama with the journalists cover sports in Bangladesh.
At 6:15 pm, the media department of BCB sent a message through WhatsApp saying a press conference of Kazi Inam Ahmed, the chairman of the cricket committee of Dhaka metropolis, to take place at 7:30 pm at Meena Bazar, Dhanmondi.
Another message popped up at 6:52 pm from the same sender saying the press conference has been cancelled, and it also said: “Any inconvenience is regretted.”
After a few minutes, a press conference took place at the garage of the residence of the BCB president Nazmul Hasan in Gulshan, which is at least 8.5 km away from the venue of the press conference that didn’t take place in Dhanmondi.
During the 37 minutes between the two messages from BCB’s media department, many journalists left for Dhanmondi from different parts of Dhaka, and they only ended up knowing that the press conference is already taking place in Gulshan in spite of no announcement of that press conference from BCB.
Earlier, Shakib kicked the stumps when an lbw appeal from him turned down by the umpire during the seventh round game of the Dhaka league on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Shakib was not done doing that. He came to the scene again and uprooted a set of stumps that he then threw down again. This time he was upset at the umpires for asking the players to come off the field due to rain.
While returning to the dressing room after the rain came in to interrupt the game, Shakib had a heated exchange with Khaled Mahmud who is a member of the coaching staff of Abahani.
For all these, Shakib issued a public apology on his social media page. He wrote: “Dear fans and followers, I am extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who are watching from home. An experienced player like me should not have reacted that way but sometimes against all odds it happens, unfortunately. I apologise to the teams, management, tournament officials and organizing committee for this human error. Hopefully, I won't be repeating this again in the future.”