The Telegraph
Sunday , February 23 , 2014
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Shakib banned for three ties

Dhaka: Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan missed Saturday’s one-dayer against Sri Lanka and will miss the first two matches of the Asia Cup after being banned for making a lewd gesture on live television.

Shakib pointed towards his crotch and then towards the camera that was focused on him in the players’ balcony soon after his dismissal for 24 during the second ODI in Dhaka on Thursday.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which conducted a disciplinary hearing on Friday, suspended the 26-year-old for three one-day Internationals and fined him 300,000 Bangladesh taka ($3,860).

“Shakib has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct,” the board said in a statement late Friday. “He admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act.

“Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behaviour was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature. We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable,” the statement quoted BCB’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury as saying.

Shakib, who has played 34 Tests, 131 one-dayers and 28 Twenty20 games, is the senior-most player in the current Bangladesh team and one of the top all-rounders in the modern game.

This is not the first time Shakib, who is scheduled to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders again, has ran into trouble.

Shakib’s first public outburst was in October 2010 but the incident was buried under his match-winning performance on that day, and the bigger picture was missed.

He was on 92 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand when there was movement near the sightscreen that the umpires could not stop.

After a few minutes Shakib, Bangladesh captain at the time, ran towards the sightscreen, hurled abuse and threatened to hit the offender with his bat.