Sakib’s fans stage protests

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:16, Oct 31,2019 | Updated: 00:28, Oct 31,2019


Cricket fans block the main gate of Rajshahi University on Wednesday in protest at the ICC’s action against cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. — New Age photo

The fans and supporters of Sakib al Hasan continued their protest in the capital and elsewhere in the country for the second straight day on Wednesday in light of the all-rounder receiving a two-year ban from the International Cricket Council for failing to report approaches from a bookie.

Around 40-50 supporters gathered at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium premise at noon to form a human chain, holding a banner saying ‘Stand with Sakib’ and demanding the ICC to revoke its ban on the ace all-rounder.

ICC made news of Sakib’s ban public on Tuesday by a media release after the player accepted being approached by an Indian bookie multiple times in 2018 but not informing the authorities.

The 32-year old attended a Bangladesh Cricket Board press conference the same day the ban was announced to publicly declare that he has accepted the punishment and hoped to make his comeback to the game after the ban.

But his supporters and the country’s cricket fans gathered in front of the BCB headquarters to show their discontent with the decision.

The protestors demanded to end the ban, claiming that Sakib was victim of a conspiracy and also wanted the resignation of the BCB president Nazmul Hasan. 

Supporters of the banned player also protested at different places of the country to express solidarity with the player.

Our Magura Correspondent adds that hundreds of Sakib supporters brought out a procession in the streets on Tuesday night in protest of their home-town hero’s ban from cricket.

On Wednesday according to the police about 700 people took to the streets of Magura, forming a human chain and bringing out processions, chanting the slogan ‘No Sakib, No Cricket’.

‘The protesters shouted slogans and marched along highway. They also formed a human chain as part of their protest against the ICC decision,’ Magura police chief Saiful Islam told reporters.

The demonstrators also said that they will continue their protest until the ban over Sakib is lifted.

Our Rajshahi correspondent adds that the students of Rajshahi University on Wednesday blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway in front of the university main entrance for twenty minutes, protesting against Sakib’s ban.

The students also demanded the withdrawal of the ICC’s decision of banning Sakib and immediate removal of the BCB president.

More than a hundred students of the university also formed a separate human chain in front of the university’s Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed senate building with the same demands. Professor Farid Uddin of the economics department also joined the human chain.

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