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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan has announced that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is setting a very “bad example”.
Hasan’s comments come just a day after Al Hasan threatened to quit representing Bangladesh in Tests and ODIs after he was made to return to Bangladesh while on his way to represent the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Hasan also pointed out that he couldn’t believe Al Hasan had left the dressing room during an international match.
“Shakib is very popular, he is our best player,” Hasan said. “We all love him but if such a big star keeps breaking the rules, the team loses coordination and control. It creates a bad example for our future generation.
“I heard recently that he said that he didn’t know that he can’t leave the dressing room. He was Bangladesh’s captain. Is he trying to show that he doesn’t care? When he is playing in the IPL or CPL, why doesn’t he go to the crowd leaving the dressing room? He goes by their rules but doesn’t follow our rules. There’s a problem and we have to find that out.”
Hasan also noted that Al Hasan should have known that he would not have been able to play in the CPL without a No-Objection Certificate.
“We have nothing against the CPL, but why did he leave when he was told to stay? Why did he go without the NOC? Why didn’t he apply for the NOC earlier?,” Hasan said. “I can’t just apply at night and leave next morning. It shows he doesn’t care. His matches start on July 11, but why did he have to leave on July 2? He wasn’t going early for the matches.”
The BCB president added that this controversy was creating a poor image for head coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
“We got an email from Chandika Hathurusingha, due to which we have called a meeting on July 7,” Hasan said. “Shakib said he wants to leave Tests and ODIs. If a player gives more priority to overseas leagues, we will have to think again whether we should spend so much on them.
“I have read in the papers that there has been misbehavior with the new coach too. Just imagine what impression that coach is having of us? This is all very irritating.”