Bangladesh’s star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been suspended from three matches of the Dhaka T20 Premier League and fined $5,800 (Bangladeshi taka five lakh) over a field dispute during a match between Mohammedan Sporting and Abahani Limited. Kazi Imam Ahmed, chairman of Dhaka Metropolis’ cricket committee, said: “The match referee’s report said he had committed two offences. He kicked the stump and then uprooted the stump. For this, he has been banned for three matches and fined five lakh rupees.
He will not be able to play in the eighth, ninth and tenth rounds of the DPL. Mohammedan won the first match by the Duckworth-Lewis method but Shakib lost his cool twice. Once, he kicked the stumps after his strong appeal for a leg before against his Bangladesh teammate Mushfiqur Rahim was rejected. The second time with one ball left for Abahani’s innings to complete the minimum of six overs, the umpire called for covers on which he ran from mid-off and uprooted the stumps.
The match was resumed and Shakib’s team won comfortably but he misbehaved with the officials of the opposition team and former Bangladesh captain Khalid Mahmood Sujon. He later apologized on his official Facebook page but could not escape the suspension. This act of Shakib also went viral on social media and millions of people shared the video footage of him uprooting the stump.
Ahmed said, “The board president is deeply concerned about his behavior and wanted to know the reason behind it. They have asked us to investigate before the board meeting to be held this week. We will talk to the captains and managers of all the clubs about this.