Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan has slammed the ICC over the suspension of fast bowler Taskin Ahmed, saying it is “sheer injustice” to ban a key player in the middle of an important tournament like World Twenty20.
“I think the ICC should rethink its decision against Taskin. This is sheer injustice. If there is any setback in Bangladesh cricket, this is it. Bangladesh cricket has been finished,” Nazmul told Bangladesh reporters.
“Taskin was a major bowler for the team. He is not only the fastest among the Bangladesh bowlers but also one of the fastest in the whole World T20. He has been playing regularly for Bangladesh for the last two years now. It is hard to accept his suspension,” he added.
He said Taskin not bowling an illegal delivery during a match and still getting suspended is something that has happened for the first time in history.
“All my life I knew that a bowler gets suspended if he bowls an illegal delivery in a particular game. But Taskin got suspended despite not having bowled any illegal delivery in that game (against the Netherlands). This has happened for the first time in history.
“The match referee (Andy Pycroft) had said all of his deliveries in that game were suspicious but during the test, none of the deliveries were found illegal. So, this is a new learning curve for us in that a bowler can get suspended in this way. This is something new to us,” he said.
Nazmul feels the suspension is a propaganda against the progress of Bangladesh cricket.
“Everyone knows about it (the propaganda against Bangladesh). Let them do all these things to Bangladesh if it makes them happy. We will have to keep on playing under these difficult situations. We have nothing much to say,” the BCB chief said.