Former Bangladeshi Test pacer, Shahadat Hossain has been handed a five-year ban (with two years of suspension) after he was found guilty of assaulting teammate Arafat Sunny during the ongoing National Cricket League. He was subsequently fined Taka 3 lakh.
The incident which took place during the second day’s play between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division in Khulna drew the attention of the entire cricket community in Bangladesh.
Arafat had reportedly said that Shahadat Hossain was not competent to shine one side of the ball, which angered the pacer who then attacked Sunny. Shahadat accepted the verdict of the match referee, which was then passed on to the technical committee of BCB, who eventually came up with the decision of penalizing and suspending the player.
“I indeed lost my temper but he also misbehaved with me as he refused to shine the ball and when I asked why he answered in a tone that was degrading and difficult for me to digest,” Shahadat had told Cricbuzz defending his actions.
Match referee Akhtar Ahmed too had stern words for the player and confirmed he had submitted a report to BCB. “The match referee has no authority to punish Shahadat for what he has done. His offense falls under level 4 offense,” he had pointed out. “This is a big offense because it is not something like a bad gesture or an abuse. He kicked his teammates. Now it has been sent to BCB. The board will decide whether to punish him after the evidence and verification of the incident.”
Shahadat has played 38 Tests and 51 ODIs for Bangladesh apart from six T20Is and has 123 wickets to show for. He had been suspended before as well after he allegedly tortured his house help.
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