Ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan once again hogged the headlines for his on the field misdemeanor as he kicked the stump at the bowlers end when umpires didn’t respond his appeal of a leg-before wicket in his side Mohammedan Sporting Club’s crucial match against Abahani Limited at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today.
The two old foes match is not these days a quite high voltage clash like it was used to be in the past but Shakib’s anger injected a spark in the game of the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier League (DPL).Mohammedan was pushing Abahani hard, leaving them 21-3, after they were restricted to 145-6.
With Shuvagata Hom slicing Abahani’s top order, Shakib sensed a victory against the archrivals. Shakib who was lively from the very beginning of the game saw his leg-before appeal turned down firstly against Mushfiqur and he didn’t react then. Mushfiqur looked to be in top touch after making 11 off five balls. But second time when he wrapped Mushfiqur’s pad with an arm ball, his strong appeal once again was turned down. Shakib went up to umpire and vented his anger by kicking up the stumps.
Mushfiqur’s dismissal could have effectively sealed the game for Mohammedan.
However five balls later when the dark clouds hovering over the grounds umpire asked the covers to be brought on but Shakib came in and threw down the stumps again before leaving.
Mohammedan came in to this match on the back of three straight defeats. Another defeat at the hands of archrivals Abahani Limited even could dash their hopes of sealing the Super Six phase also.
Moreover Mohammedan didn’t win a game against Abahani in a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) since 2014. Shakib who himself was bad patch with the willow, scored highest 27 ball-37 with one four and two sixes.There was some sort of exchange of words at the boundary rope between Shakib and Abahani staff but Khaled Mahmud Sujon, the coach of Abahani was seen to restrain Shakib while he was moving towards Abahani tent.