Former national cricketer Shahadat Hossain is facing a tough punishment after allegedly assaulting a team-mate during the National Cricket League final round match in Khulna, officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Monday.
A match official said Dhaka division cricketer Shahadat swooped on team-mate Arafat Sunny Jr as he failed to follow his instruction of raising the shine of the ball during the second day of their match against Khulna on Sunday.
Sunny was fielding at mid-off when Shahadat asked him raise the shine of the ball but he got a reply he did not like.
Shahadat then rushed from mid on and started assaulting the young pace bowler much to the shock of everyone present at the ground. Fellow Dhaka pacer Mohammad Shahid soon joined Shahadat and allegedly assaulted Sunny.
Umpires reported Shahadat, who was immediately separated from the squad for level-4 offence, which stipulated a minimum one-year ban from all cricket. The maximum punishment for the offence is life ban.
Umpires also reported for Shahaid, though it could not be known the level of his offence.
Technical committee chief of National Cricket League Minhajul Abedin said they have received the report of match officials and will make a decision regarding the bowler today.
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they are in favour of giving Shahadat an exemplary punishment.
‘He is a senior player, so he cannot be spared with light punishment. We will give him an exemplary punishment,’ he said.
Shahadat spent nearly two months in jail in 2016 after he and his
wife were charged with torturing an 11-year-old girl they employed as a maid.
Shahadat hit the headline for wrong reason again in 2018 when he beat a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver for hitting his car in Dhaka’s Asad Gate area.
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