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Bangla skipper forced to ‘kneel’

cricket Updated: Jan 23, 2010 23:13 IST
Nilankur Das
Nilankur Das
Hindustan Times
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Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was reportedly made to kneel and apologise to the Bangladesh Cricket Board president, HM Mustafa Kamal, for defending his teammates in a media interaction with the local press (see the grab from the daily Kaler Kantho).

The official had questioned the commitment and sense of responsibility of the players after Bangladesh lost in Chittagong. Shakib, it has been learnt, stood up and spoke out of turn saying players don't play to lose and people should speak more responsibly. According to The Daily Star, Kamal said: "I always want 100 per cent from the players. You have to be habituated with triumph. You have to be more responsible and give it your best. It will not be acceptable if you win one day, lose the next day."

Shakib then took the microphone from the anchor and said: "No cricketer plays to lose. Everyone should speak responsibly and assist us in our job." The local press on Saturday was rife with criticism of the BCB president and carried photographs of Shakib kneeling in front of him after the ceremony with captions that the captain had been asked by officials to apologise. Those present at the interaction told HT that the president was fuming and threatened the player with dire consequences.

Shakib did not attend the pre-match media conference on Saturday and Tamim Iqbal, who came to take questions, said he did not want to comment on the incident. Apparently, the BCB has put a gag on the players. BCB officials contacted by this paper refused to come on record about the issue.

Shakib is the skipper of Abahani where Kamal is the cricket committee chairman. It is learnt that ever since Abahani failed to retain the League title after a defeat to Dhaka Mohammedan, relations between the two have gone sour.

Kamal may be omnipotent in Bangladesh but this issue could have serious repercussions if the International Cricket Council decides to investigate. Top officials from national boards who attend ICC meetings are reportedly governed by a Code of Ethics.

This code is distinct from the ICC Code of Conduct for players and team officials. If an ethics violation is reported to the ICC, an official can be asked for an explanation. If found guilty of a violation on ethical grounds, the official concerned could face expulsion from ICC board meetings.