Shakib Again In Hot Water

Ahead of the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) sixth board meeting, the focus was on who will be named the Tigers’ Twenty20 captain for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament to be held in the United Arab Emirates. However, no captain was announced at the media conference after the board meeting, with BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon suggesting that they are yet to decide on a captain.

The BCB president could not announce the squad as the captain was not named.

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BCB president Nazmul said yesterday, “A team has been formed but the approval of the captain has to be taken.”

It is known that BCB is ready to announce Shakib Al Hasan as the captain yesterday. It was an open secret that the board had roped in Shakib for the role. However, complications arose which led to the board postponing its decision for a few days before announcing the squad and captain.

Sources close to the BCB claimed that Shakib wanted to know about his captaincy tenure before deciding to accept the board’s offer. However, according to sources, BCB will have to overcome some complications with the all-rounder before handing over the captaincy.

Indications are that the complications are related to the sponsorship deal that Shakib announced on its verified Facebook page on August 2 with news of betting site Betwinner’s sister concern Betwinner.

The announcement from Shakib came on the same day that the BCB communicated their EoI to the franchises through the media to play in the upcoming BPL, which stated that no organization related to tobacco, alcohol and betting can participate in the BPL.

The BCB president said, “The board would not have allowed such a deal if it had been done,” adding that it was an agenda that was discussed at the board meeting.

The BCB president added, “We shouldn’t have asked him for permission [to sign a sponsorship deal with a betting site] as we won’t allow such a deal. We need to know if it has been done before.”

Asked whether they will hand over the captaincy if Shakib is found guilty of wrongdoing, Nazmul said, “First we need to know what he did. It (betting-related activities) is banned not only in cricket but in this country. It is forbidden and the law does not allow it. This is a serious matter. We cannot rely on a Facebook post, we have to investigate it,” he told the media.

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mostafa Jabbar told The Daily Star that the law is in place if violations are found.

“It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs to file a case (if involved in betting-related activities). If someone is involved in betting [or related activities], there are laws for him. If it happens digitally, it is possible. Also file a case under the Digital Security Act, ” he said.

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