Bangladesh and Mohammedan all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan offered an apology on social media platform Facebook after his shocking behaviour in today's big match against traditional rivals Abahani in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Twenty20 Cricket League.
“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,” Shakib wrote on his social media page.
“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. Thanks and love you all,” he added.
Shakib was leading Mohammedan Sporting Club on Friday against Abahani Limited. Mohammedan batted first and posted 145 for six. In reply, Abahani lost three wickets early.
After the fifth ball of the fifth over during Abahani’s innings, which was bowled by Shakib himself, he appealed for an lbw against Mushfiqur Rahim, but the umpire turned down his appeal.
Almost immediately, Shakib reacted by kicking down the stumps at the bowler's end and had a heated argument with the umpire. Then again when the umpires halted play due to rain in the very next over, and were asking the players to leave the field, Shakib approached the umpire near the stumps and uprooted them, signaling his disappointment. It was not clear why Shakib got angry at this point of the game.
The match was eventually won by Mohammedan by 31 runs under the D/L method. After the rain gap spanning more than 80 minutes, Abahani were given a target to score 45 runs off 19 balls.
“Many things happen in a game. We saw some incidents today in the game between Mohammedan and Abahani today. It was unfortunate. It was a heated incident. We always want the players to keep their excitement under control. It’s a List-A series. We apply all the international cricketing laws in this event. We will take action against this incident once we get the report of the match referee and umpires,” Kazi Inam Ahmed, the chairman of the cricket committee of Dhaka metropolis, told the media after the game.