Bangladesh bans quick Sha­ha­dat for as­sault

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THE Bangladesh Cricket Board this week banned for­mer na­tional team fast bowler Sha­ha­dat Hos­sain for five years, two of them sus­pended, af­ter he as­saulted a team­mate in a match.

The tem­per­a­men­tal Sha­ha­dat was re­ported by um­pires af­ter he was seen to slap and kick a team­mate dur­ing a Na­tional Cricket League match on Sun­day.

The na­tional fed­er­a­tion sus­pended two years of the ban but Sha­ha­dat, who ad­mit­ted a charge of “phys­i­cal as­sault”, was also fined 300,000 taka ($A5200), the board said.

Sha­ha­dat, 33, at­tacked young bowler Arafat Sunny Jr dur­ing a game be­tween Dhaka and Khulna af­ter an ar­gu­ment over how to shine the ball, a board of­fi­cial said.

“Con­sid­er­ing his past be­hav­iour we de­cided to pun­ish him for five years. The last two years of his ban will re­main sus­pended,” said BCB tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee chief Min­hajul Abe­din. Sha­ha­dat could have been banned for life.

Sha­ha­dat, who played 38 Tests and 51 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als for Bangladesh, spent nearly two months in de­ten­tion in 2015 af­ter he and his wife were ac­cused of tor­tur­ing an 11-year-old girl they em­ployed as a maid.

They were cleared. Sha­ha­dat hit the head­lines again in 2018 when he al­legedly beat a rick­shaw driver for hit­ting his car in Dhaka.

BANNED: Sha­ha­dat Hos­sain.

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