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“I don’t see any way we can reduce the punishment”
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has announced that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s three-match ban will not be reduced following a request from captain Mushfiqur Rahim, head coach Shane Jurgensen and pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza.
Al Hasan was banned for three ODIs after making obscene gestures when he was dismissed during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mirpur.
“It was difficult to take the decision against him and it is equally difficult to overturn that decision,” Hassan said. “I told the team management that I have nothing against Shakib the person. We have taken an action against his behaviour. Shakib is not an issue here. Anyone who does such a thing will be punished. I don’t see any way we can reduce the punishment.
“We took the decision on Shakib to give the message that nobody is above the law. I think after sometime, nobody will even think of doing such a thing.”
Hassan was also angered by Rahim’s comments towards chief selector Faruque Ahmed after the Bangladesh skipper revealed that he had not been consulted about the team chosen to represent the country in the Asia Cup.
“It was not good to hear such a comment from him at this time,” Hassan said. “He should have told us first. I don’t know what compelled him to tell the media first. Of course, I need to know the background. I haven’t spoken to [former chief selector] Akram Khan but if he tells me that he consulted Mushfiqur before selecting the squad, I would say that there has been a communication gap between the captain and the new chief selector.
“From what I have gathered from Mushfiqur’s comments, where do we have so many alternatives? We don’t have 4-5 players to choose from. This team has been playing well for the past two years, but there can be a question about why Mahmudullah isn’t there? I don’t think there was any other player worth changing other than him. It is sad if such issues are made about one or two players.”