Three Bangladeshi cricketers — Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain — were called for hearing by the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee on Saturday after they were involved in different off-field issues.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan on Thursday disclosed the matter after they announced a 15-member squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup where Sabbir was not included.
Although the chief selector Minhajul Abedin revealed that the poor performance was the reason behind Sabbir’s exclusion from the side, Nazmul said his off-field issues also played a key factor for his omission.
‘Sabbir was called to the disciplinary committee. The decision will be taken later. Definitely there are some influences to that which made him out from the squad,’ Nazmul told reporters at Mirpur.
During the last few months several cricketers faced disciplinary actions, including Sabbir, who hit the headlines for wrong reasons on several occasions recently.
Sabbir faced fierce criticism during Bangladesh’s West Indies tour for using abusive words while replying to a Facebook post of a fan, who had asked him to withdraw his name from the team after providing a dismal show in the Caribbean.
The hard-hitting batsman earlier served a six-month ban in domestic circuit as a punishment for physically assaulting a fan during a National Cricket League match and was also denied a national contract and had been fined Tk 20 lakh for disciplinary problems.
Batsman Nasir Hossain, who was recovering from a knee injury, was also criticised in social media for his personal relationship.
Earlier this week, batsman Mosaddek Hossain hit the wrong headline as well after his wife accused him for torturing for dowry which made the BCB call these cricketers for a hearing.
‘They [disciplinary committee] told me that they called three players. Mosaddek is one of them,’ said Nazmul.
‘It will be unwise not to give them opportunity for self-defense. They will give their decision after talking to them. I think the proper decision will come after that,’ he added.
Nazmul revealed that it was not only BCB’s responsibility to take action against their offensive deeds as he felt that players should possess good human qualities.
‘No one should involve BCB in all issues. BCB can’t take all the actions. Divorce is common in Bangladesh and we can’t do anything regarding it. We also can’t stop anyone from getting married again,’ Nazmul added.
‘I think cricketers are definitely idols. Many people follow them. They should be good human beings. We had given them strong punishments for their wrong deeds and we will take it in future also,’ he added.
Nazmul also said that BCB was planning to bring psychologists for the players who could train them in such kind of aspects.
‘We are planning to bring psychologists. We have trained them how to win, now we want to give them training in such matters also. We already have started process for that.
‘We are trying to make a guideline for the players. After completing it, players will have to sign for it. We can’t forcefully change them. If they don’t want to become good ones we have to take final decision on them,’ he added.
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