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Shakib banned for three ODIs after ‘crotch gesture’ on TV

Express News Service | Dhaka | Posted: February 22, 2014 2:10 am

Shakib Al Hasan, former Bangladesh captain and the senior-most member of the current Mushfiqur Rahim-led side, copped a three-match ban from his cricket board BCB for making a lewd gesture on camera during the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

About 10 overs after Shakib was dismissed during Bangladesh’s attempt of chasing 290 in Mirpur, the large screen at the Sher-e-Bangla ground showed replays of his dismissal, before the camera panned towards the Bangladesh dressing room.

It was then that Shakib gestured towards his crotch and then the camera, a footage that was played live on television and across the stadium’s monitors. It was later suggested that the all-rounder perhaps did not take well to the criticism dished out by the commentators on-air when they discussed his dismissal.

Fine and ban

Apart from being fined $3800 for this ‘inappropriate gesture’, Shakib will be forced to miss the third one-dayer against Sri Lanka on Saturday and the first two matches of the Asia Cup, which Bangladesh are hosting next week. While the Lanka one-dayer is a dead rubber encounter, the two Cup matches against India (February 26) and Afghanistan (March 1) are not.

Shakib was dealt with the ban after he was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee on the eve of the final ODI against Sri Lanka on Friday.

“Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct,” the board said. “Shakib appeared at a disciplinary hearing of the BCB today and admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act.”

According to ESPN Cricinfo, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the acting president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said the following in a statement. “Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behavior was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature. We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable.”

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