Bangladesh cricket vows crack­down on player scan­dals

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Bangladesh’s cricket board vowed tough ac­tion yes­ter­day against any play­ers ac­cused of mis­con­duct or bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute amid a slew of high-pro­file scan­dals in­volv­ing top stars. The warn­ing from the cricket board came as the wife of fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Shahid filed a com­plaint against her hus­band, ac­cus­ing him of tor­tur­ing her. Farzana Ak­ther told the Bangladesh Cricket Board at the week­end that her 28-year-old hus­band had hidden his mar­i­tal sta­tus from other women and tor­tured her af­ter she in­ter­vened, an of­fi­cial at the board said. Shahid, who is un­der­go­ing treat­ment for a knee in­jury sus­tained dur­ing a do­mes­tic match, de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

“The al­le­ga­tion of tor­ture is not true. Some­body is pro­vok­ing her to raise com­plaint against me,” Shahid told AFP.

BCB pres­i­dent Naz­mul Hasan said it was dif­fi­cult to mon­i­tor ev­ery as­pect of play­ers’ lives but warned of reper­cus­sions if they didn’t get their act to­gether. “We have tried a lot to con­trol them when they are with the squad. We’ve be­come tougher when they stay in ho­tels un­der our care,” he told re­porters. “The prob­lems start when they leave (the ho­tel). We can­not mon­i­tor their per­sonal is­sues.

“We have taken ac­tion against sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in the past. We want (them) to get every­thing in or­der, oth­er­wise we’ll be com­pelled to take tough ac­tion in fu­ture.” Shahid is the fourth Bangladeshi crick­eter em­broiled in a per­sonal scan­dal in re­cent years.

Pace bowler Rubel Hos­sain was de­tained in 2015 af­ter an ac­tress claim­ing to be his fi­ancee ac­cused him of rape. The charges were later with­drawn. An­other pacer Sha­ha­dat Hos­sain spent nearly two months in cus­tody last year af­ter he and his wife were ar­rested on charges of tor­tur­ing an 11-year-old girl they em­ployed as a maid. A court later ac­quit­ted the cou­ple. Left arm spin­ner Arafat Sunny was ar­rested in Jan­uary and taken into cus­tody af­ter post­ing in­ti­mate pho­tos of his girl­friend on so­cial me­dia.

The 30-year-old crick­eter was re­leased on bail in March af­ter he told the court that the girl­friend was, in fact, his sec­ond wife.

Mean­while, Bangladesh open­ing bats­man Tamim Iqbal has left English county Es­sex af­ter just one match for per­sonal rea­sons the club re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The 28-year-old-Bangladesh’s high­est in­ter­na­tional run scorer with more than 10,000 to his name in all forms of the game-signed only last week for an eight game stint in the T20 Blast county com­pe­ti­tion.

Tamim ap­peared in Sun­day’s sev­en­wicket loss to Kent but on Tues­day Es­sex re­leased a state­ment say­ing his stay was over. “Es­sex County Cricket Club can con­firm that over­seas player Tamim Iqbal has left the club with im­me­di­ate ef­fect due to per­sonal rea­sons,” the state­ment read.

“We wish him all the best, and it would be ap­pre­ci­ated if Tamim’s pri­vacy is re­spected dur­ing this time.” Tamim starred with the bat for Bangladesh in the re­cent Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy scor­ing a splen­did cen­tury against Eng­land, fall­ing five short of an­other cen­tury against Aus­tralia and hit­ting 70 in the semi-fi­nal against In­dia. — AFP

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