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Bangladesh have dropped batsman Sabbir Rahman for next month’s Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Sabbir has struggled to have an impact with the bat this year, but his omission from the national team comes as a result of his off-field issues.
The 26-year-old is currently in hot water with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and faces a disciplinary hearing for allegedly verbally abusing and threatening two fans on social media.
It is understood that Sabbir used foul language and threatened a fan with physical harm.
The fan had posted a sarcastic comment on the Facebook account of “Shabbir Rahaman Roman”, which is believed to be the Bangladesh batsman’s personal account.
Another user subsequently tagged Sabbir in the comment made by the fan.
It is understood that Sabbir subsequently replied to the duo, who were also blocked from accessing the account.
Meanwhile, top order batsman Mohammad Mithun was included in Bangladesh’s Asia Cup squad, along with all-rounder Ariful Haque.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin revealed that captain Mashrafe Mortaza and head coach Steve Rhodes both wanted Mithun in the side.
“They wanted Mithun for the No. 6 or 7 batting position, in place of Sabbir,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Ariful too is picked for a similar role.”
While Mithun and Ariful were drafted into the side, batsman Anamul Haque and pace bowler Abu Jayed failed to make the cut.
Bangladesh will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Sri Lanka in Dubai on September 15.
Bangladesh’s Asia Cup Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vice-capt), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider