Former Bangladesh Test pacer Shahadat Hossain has faced a one-year ban from the National Cricket League by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for physically assaulting his teammate Sunny Arafat during the Day 2 of the match between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division.
Shahadat Hossain was seen becoming angry when Arafat said that he was not able enough to shine the ball, as per the report of Cricbuzz, which prompted the assault while other teammates then rushed to them to stop. It was a level four offence in the BCB Code of Conduct for Shahadat Hossain and he has accepted the consequences he will face.
“Under the level four offenses a player will be banned from participating in any BCB competition for one year while he will be slapped with a fine of Tk 50,000,” a BCB tournament official said.
“Shahadat accepted the verdict and returned back home. We have given the report of the match referee to the technical committee and they will decide his future but he has been barred of taking part in this NCL game,” he further added.
Meanwhile, match referee Akhtar Ahmed has shared to the reporters, “The match referee has no authority to punish Shahadat for what he has done. His offense falls under level 4 offense. This is a big offense because it is not something like a bad gesture or an abuse. He kicked his teammates. Now it has been sent to BCB. The board will decide whether to punish him after the evidence and verification of the incident.”
Meanwhile, Shahadat spoke to Cricbuzz and shared his views as well.
“I am not playing in the ongoing NCL match as I am suspended and I am not sure what will happen in future. It is true that I lost my temper but he also misbehaved with me as he refused to shine the ball and when I asked why he answered in a tone that was degrading and difficult for me to digest,” shared the pacer.