BCB decides to go strict about ‘intruder’

Sports Correspondent, from Chattagram

7 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said on Friday that they will take legal action against an intruder named Faisal Ahmed who invaded the pitch during the second day of one-off Test series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

A young cricket ran onto the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury (ZACS) Stadium to show his love towards his favourite player Shakib Al Hasan during the day two of the one-off Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan on Friday.

The incident took place after the 107th over of Afghanistan innings when the fan, named Faisal Ahmed, jumped over the fence from the Eastern gallery, escaped security and went straight to Shakib, who looked shocked and ran behind umpire Nigel Llong. Shakib only decided to come forward after understanding the whole situation.

Eye witness Shafiul Islam said that he saw the fan Faisal Ahmed jumping from the gallery coming from the number two gate. The fan gave Shakib a salute before going down to his knee to offer a rose.

The security personnel then kept his away from the ground. Invading pitch during the International game is nothing new in the World but this is considered as a crime.

 “We have handed over the boy to the police. They will now take the action as par as the law of the land. He is an illegal intruder in the field and we are trying to file a case against him,” BCB chief security manager Hossain Imam told reporters on Friday.

“If we don’t take action the situation will outbreak. This has become a fashion and we are trying to set an example with such a measure. We want to stop it,” Imam said.

 “We do want to take actions against the previous intruders. But the officials who handled the issues didn’t take any case and let them to go free.  But this time we are committed to taking action against the intruder,” he added.

In last few years, pitch invasion in international matches in Bangladesh has become a regular affair but the BCB often failed to take any actions against them because of not getting adequate support from law enforcement agencies.

Earlier in 2018, similar incidents took place twice in the first and second day in a Test against Zimbabwe when two intruders entered the field only to hug Mushfiqur Rahim.

The same thing happened with Mashrafe Mortaza in an ODI against Afghanistan in 2016 when a pitch intruder named Mehedi Hasan entered the field unexpectedly to hug the ODI skipper.

The BCB security officials said they want to stop such incidents which also hampered the country’s image to the world and want to set an example by taking the lawful measure.

“We have checked him thoroughly and he had nothing but just a flower. He said he was trying to meet Shakib for the last two to three days at the team hotel. His purpose was only to give him the flower. He was not allowed to visit there so he made up a plan to give Shakib the flower at any cost.  He said he is a big fan of Shakib,” claimed Imam suggesting that the boy was just a fan of Shakib and he had nothing harmless with him.