National fast bowler Shahadat Hossain Rajib has been banned for five years, with two years being suspended, for physically assaulting his team-mate Arafat Sunny Jr in the field on the 2nd day of the 6th and final round match of the National Cricket League in Khulna on Sunday.
He will not be able to take part in any cricketing activities for the first three years, and his remaining two years’ suspension might be reduced if he does not breach the discipline during the three-year period.
The technical committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) took the decision at a meeting on Tuesday after reviewing the reports of the on-field umpires and the match referee.
Chairman of the technical committee Minhajul Abedin Nannu said, “We took the unanimous decision to give him (Shahadat) such a punishment considering the gravity of his offence as he was found guilty on disciplinary issue earlier, too.”
“With this exemplary punishment, we want to give a message to other cricketers that nobody will escape punishment in the future after breaching the discipline,” he added.
Dhaka Division pacer Shahadat Hossain Rajib was withdrawn from the match using red card by the match umpires soon after he beat up Sunny in the field in their vital match against hosts Khulna Division at the Sheikh Abu Nesar Stadium in Khulna.
The 33-year-old veteran pacer was found angry following an argument with Arafat Sunny Jr about shining the ball.
His actions amounted to a Level 4 offence and he was handed a fine of Tk 3 lakh by the BCB on Tuesday.
Shadahat Hossain, who played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is between 2005 to 2015, has not been part of the national frame since he was arrested in 2015 for beating up his domestic help that also led to a temporary suspension.