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What’s cooking for today?

BCB to sit with Shakib to clear several issues

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 13 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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What’s cooking for today?
A file photo from March 12, 2022 shows Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (right) speaks to the media while Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon looks on at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. –BCB PHOTO

The Bangladesh Cricket Board will sit with Shakib Al Hasan today to clear several issues regarding his controversial deal with Betwinner News.

A BCB official informed that the all-rounder will also be given a reminder regarding what he can do and what he can’t do as a national icon.

Shakib has been hogging the spotlight for all the wrong reasons since returning to competitive cricket following his ICC ban that he received in 2019 for failing to report corrupt approaches by a bookie.

Shakib was earlier banned by the BCB for six months in 2014 for breaching rules.

The BCB felt that Shakib would change after the ICC sanction but that hardly turned out to be the case considering after coming back to cricket he again triggered controversy by kicking down stumps during a Dhaka Premier League match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Limited in 2021.

The BCB later handed Shakib a three-match ban and also fined him TK five lakh following his brawls with umpires in that match.

Following that incident, Shakib and the BCB again came face to face after all of a sudden he decided that he is not ready to play international cricket just ahead of the South Africa tour.

The BCB had to call him to discuss it before he changed his mind.

Although he said at that point that he will be available in the forthcoming international fixtures across all formats, he didn’t take time to change his mind.

Shakib opted out of the West Indies ODIs in June-July while he also skipped the entire tour of Zimbabwe recently.

Bangladesh lost both the T20I and ODI series in Zimbabwe in the absence of Shakib.

 Shakib’s international career was at risk following the controversial deal with Betwinner News as the BCB was adamant to cut all ties with the all-rounder if he didn’t opt out of the deal.

Shakib eventually opted out of the deal but the BCB is yet not convinced what prompted him to ink such a controversial deal and why he was reluctant to inform the board about his endorsement though it is clearly stated in the player’s agreement that cricketers need to fill and submit the Players Endorsement Procedure (PEP) form.

“Let him come and sit with us. I am hopeful that a lot of things will be cleared but he must remember that this is his last chance,” BCB  President Nazmul Hassan Papon told media after receiving the letter from Shakib where he stated that he will not have any relation with Betwinner News.

The BCB will also talk with Shakib regarding the T20 captaincy issue as they are running out of time to announce the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, scheduled in UAE from August 27, apart from dealing with personal issues.

According to sources, a couple of changes are expected to be made in the T20 squad for the Asia Cup that can also see the return of a few cricketers who have not been part of the national set-up in the recent past along with an uncapped pace bowler.