Shahadat forgiven but not freed

Staff Correspondent | Published: 11:45, Dec 02,2019 | Updated: 22:35, Dec 02,2019


A file photo of Shahadat Hossain

All-rounder Arafat Sunny Jnr said on Monday that he had forgiven pacer Shahadat Hossain despite being assaulted by him during a recent National Cricket League match, though it did affect the Bangladesh Cricket Board a little.

The BCB upheld Shahadat’s five-year ban, rejecting his appeal and only agreed to reduce some of his fine, said an official.

Shahadat was handed the ban on November 19, with last two years as suspended, as he attacked Sunny after an argument over how to shine the ball in the NCL final round match between Dhaka and Khulna in Khulna.

‘We have decided to retain his ban as he confessed his guilt. But his fine was reduced to Tk 60,000 from three lakh. He will not get the match fees of the game,’ said BCB technical committee chief Minhajul Abedin.

The BCB on Sunday also handed Sunny a one-year suspended ban for starting an argument with Shahadat in the match.

Dhaka pacer Mohammad Shahid also received a similar punishment for pushing Sunny during the fiasco.

‘Both of them [Sunny and Shahid] will remain under observation. If they repeat the offence the ban will be effective,’ said Minhajul Abedin.

Sunny said he has no complaint against Shahadat now. 

‘My mother told me not to feel sad about the matter. She told me to forgive Shahadat Bhai as she believed that he had made a mistake. I also forgave him. I have no grudge against him now,’ said Sunny.

The 25-year old Faridpur-born player felt he did nothing wrong.

‘Obviously I feel sad as I received the suspension despite doing anything wrong.  I was under Bangladesh Cricket Board from Under-15 to Under-19 level and I had no issue with any cricketer,’ he said.

‘Yet, I got the warning now. I think this is a lesson for me for the future,’ he said.

Sunny was unsure if he can appeal against his suspended ban.

Shahadat, who had appealed against his ban on November 19, seemed to have resigned to his fate.

‘I have nothing much to say. I made a mistake and BCB made its decision. I will go to the officials again to see if they can reconsider the decision,’ he said.

Shahadat, who played 38 Tests and 51 one-day internationals, spent nearly two months in jail in 2015 after he and his wife were charged with torturing an 11-year-old girl they employed as a maid.

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