Bangladesh cricketers Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain are likely to be slapped with lengthy ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their repeated off-the-field wrongdoings, said an official on Friday.
Sabbir, Nasir are among the three cricketers summoned by the BCB today for a disciplinary hearing after number of allegations of disciplinary breaches came against them.
Among the alleged trio, batsman Mosaddek Hossain could be spared for the time being, said member-secretary of BCB’s disciplinary committee Sheikh Sohel, as the allegation of seeking Tk 10 lakh as dowry from his wife, who also filed lawsuit against the player, is now still under investigation.
Sohel revealed that they were planning to impose tough punishment on Sabbir and Nasir, who often hit the headlines for wrong reason despite facing some actions in the past.
‘The decision will be finalised tomorrow [today]. It will be a massive punishment. I can’t say it right now but it will be harder than previous times,’ Sohel told New Age.
‘We had senior players like Tamim [Iqbal], Mushfiq [Mushfiqur Rahim], Riyad [Mahmudullah]. But we don’t get any complaint against them. But some relatively junior players often do wrong things. We don’t want them to get completely spoiled,’ he added.
Sohel said Sabbir would be charged for a number of issues like physically assaulting a fan during a National Cricket League match in Rajshahi, using abusive words while replying to a Facebook post of a fan and hitting team-mate Mehedi Hasan during the Afghanistan series.
The hard-hitting batsman earlier served a six-month ban in domestic circuit as a punishment and was also denied a national contract along with a fine of Tk 20 lakh. In 2016, he was fined 30 per cent of his BPL contract money for taking a female guest into his hotel room.
Nasir was also heavily criticised for his personal relationship with Shah Humayra Suba, who made public of their personal conversations on the social media.
In 2014, the BCB had banned all-rounder Sakib al Hasan from all forms of cricket for six months and denied him an NOC to play in overseas competitions for one-and-a-half year for what it then said ‘a serious attitude problem.’
His ban was lifted after three months after Sakib made a public apology for his behaviour.
Sohel said they were considering a harsher punishment for Sabbir and Nasir which many apprehended in turn could spell the end of their international career unlike Sakib.
‘We have many formal complaints against Sabbir and Nasir about their off-field issues. We also have evidence on these matters. We gave them warnings several times. We won’t forgive them this time as we did it many times in the past. We are now thinking bigger punishment than any other time,’ said Sohel.
‘We are looking into every allegation that came in media. Like Nasir, who has been criticised for having an affair. This has become an open secret matter. Sabbir has beaten a spectator in Rajshahi, used inappropriate and vulgar words in Facebook and also behaved roughly with Miraj,’ he added.
Sohel also revealed that senior cricketers like Mashrafee bin Murtaza were very much annoyed with such issues of these cricketers.
‘Mashrafee told me that they had nothing to say about them. He said that despite their guidance, support, they have failed them. They didn’t take the right path. He was also speechless on these issues. I think if we don’t take action they will spoil others,’ he said.
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