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Sunday , April 6 , 2014
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Trouble for Shakib as BCB sees red

Calcutta/ Dhaka: There seems to be no end to the troubles of Shakib-al Hasan.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has issued a show-cause notice to the country’s premier all-rounder for making critical remarks about the national team during an interview with a local vernacular newspaper. Shakib has been given time till the weekend to give a satisfactory reply on why he had spoken about Bangladesh’s poor campaign in the ongoing World T20.

Bangladesh won two and lost five of their matches, including a qualifier against Hong Kong. Shakib said: “It was a mistake on the part of BCB, fans as well as the media to expect that Bangladesh would perform well.” The all-rounder had also said that Bangladesh “should not play home series for at least two years.”

Speaking further he said that “he succeeded at the highest level despite the system” and “Bangladeshi players can’t hit big sixes regularly as most of them have grown up eating only khichdi and not orange juice!”

BCB has sought an explanation from the player as to how he spoke to a media organisation without taking the board’s permission. There was an emergent meeting of the BCB at its headquarters here on Saturday. The BCB sought reports from the support staff as to why the team’s campaign was so poor.

Interestingly, BCB had suspended Shakib from three ODIs after a TV camera caught him making an obscene gesture sitting in the dressing room during an ODI against Sri Lanka.

However with Bangladesh’s bare cupboard of talent, it is expected that Shakib will again be let-off with a warning.

The reason being that despite Bangladesh’s poor show, Shakib was their best performer scoring 186 runs in seven matches and took eight wickets at an economy rate of under six runs per over.