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reducing Shakib ban tenure

BCB explores legal means to appeal

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
BCB explores legal 
means to appeal

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said that it is exploring the scope of seeking legal advice for the national team Test and T20 skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, to make the International Cricket Council (ICC) reconsider its suspension order or reduce the suspension period. This has been confirmed by BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury Shujan. Any scope for taking legal advice should be fully utilised for their beloved player, said Shujan. Even though it seems that there is little scope to pursue the matter, they would leave no stone unturned to do something for Shakib, he added.

“Shakib has gone through a deal with the ICC acknowledging the matter himself. We will look into the aspect of legal aid to see how we can work for him,” said Shujan. “We have talked with our legal department about the issue. They are looking into the matter to see if there is any chance to do what we are trying to work out now,” Nizamuddin told the media at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur yesterday.

Shakib, the iconic all-rounder of Bangladesh, has been suspended by the ICC from all forms of cricket for two years for not informing the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of three separate corrupt approaches made by bookies in 2018. The issue has become the most discussed matter in the country.

The contribution of Shakib to Bangladesh cricket, along with his talent, wisdom, and popularity, has been imprinted on the minds of his countless fans at home and abroad. He will not be seen in action for Bangladesh when they play the top-notch teams in the near future. His fans find it hard to reconcile themselves with the scenario. They came out on the streets to protest against his suspension. They are urging the BCB to appeal to the world cricket’s apex body to reconsider his suspension or reduce the suspension period so that he could resume playing for Bangladesh very soon.

People from all walks of life have asked the BCB to help Shakib by seeking legal advice to reduce his ban. But the BCB CEO said there was no surety of his suspension being reduced even after legal recourse. However, if there is any chance of getting the suspension reduced through discussions, the board would certainly do so, he added.

“It’s tough to say anything on the issue at this moment. We got to know about the decision just one or two days ago,” Shujan said in response to a media query. “We have to discuss it in the board. We have to see the legal aspect of the matter to decide if there is any scope for a discussion. We’ll see whether there is any chance of the matter being reconsidered. I think it’s not the time to talk about it,” he added.

The BCB currently has to find Shakib’s substitute as the Bangladesh team is about to tour India. It was imperative for them to fix the captain for Test and Twenty20. They have to discuss the matter to take the final decision regarding making Mominul Haque and Mahmuduallh Riyad captains for the Test and T20 formats, respectively, in the series.

When asked about keeping both Mominul and Mahmuduallh as permanent captains, Shujan said: “It will be finalised in the next board meeting. Look, Shakib was our captain in Test and T20. We have the India tour ahead. So, we needed to quickly take a decision.” While Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan in 2020 is still in limbo after Tigers’ international coaching staff refused to go to Pakistan. The BCB CEO is yet to confirm the fate of the tour.

“You know that based on the government’s intelligence reports, Bangladesh U16s and women’s team were flown to Pakistan. But the national team is given top priority over any other side. So, we’ll only take the final decision about the tour after talking to the Bangladesh high commissioner, delegation team, and ICC officials,” Shujan said.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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