Sakib’s ban unfortunate, says BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:30, Oct 30,2019 | Updated: 00:18, Oct 31,2019


Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday said International Cricket Council’s ban on top cricket all-rounder Sakib Al Hasan was unfortunate and hoped he would soon return to the field with full form.

The party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the comment responding to reporters in a press conference after a party joint meeting at BNP central office at capital’s Naya Paltan.

The party held the joint meeting to chalk out programmes to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.

‘Sakib Al Hasan is a part and parcel of Bangladesh Cricket Team. The incident happened unfortunately. We hope that this type of incident will never recur. The country’s citizens are shocked as their best player will not be able to play for one year,’ he said.

He blamed the cricket management for the consequence. ‘We hope that Sakib will come back soon and will play with his full form.’

On Tuesday, the ICC banned Sakib Al Hasan from all forms of cricket for two years, with keeping it suspended for one year, as he failed to report corrupt approaches.

Asked whether Sakib’s incident was a reflection of restlessness in sports arena for past few days, he said, ‘It is the reflection of the entire ruling system. The way the government is ruling the country shows there was no accountability. Every sport federation is now turned to source of earning money. They are busy with earning money through corruption,’ he alleged.

Earlier, the BNP leader said the party, marking the national revolution and solidarity day on November 7, would hoist party flag at all the party offices across the country at 6:00am on the day and place wreaths at the grave of the party founder Ziaur Rahman at capital’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

Besides, the party and its associate organisations would arrange discussions and other programmes across the country and publish posters, supplements and leaflets marking the day.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, joint secretaries general Khairul Kabir Khokon, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Habib un Nabi Khan Sohel and organising secretary Fazlul Huq Milon, among others, were present.

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