Bangladesh pacer Shahadat Hossain's cricket career has come to a standstill after he was handed a five-year ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday. It was caused due to Hossain physically assaulting his teammate Arafat Sunny during the second day's play between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. The ban also means that he can make a comeback to the field only when he turns 38, which mostly means that his career has virtually ended.
According to the report by a leading cricket portal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided on Tuesday decided to ban the pacer citing a breach of its Code of Conduct and also fined him Tk 300,000 (2,54,367 INR). He can now appeal to challenge the BCB’s decision by November 26.
According to previous Bangladesh media report, Arafat Sunny's remark that Shahadat was not competent to shine one side of the ball angered the paceman, who launched an attack on his fellow teammate before players came to his rescue.
A BCB tournament committee official had said that Shahadat was brought back from Khulna after he accepted the verdict that is considered a Level 4 offence in the BCB's code of conduct. He also added that Shahadat returned back home subsequently.
Shahadat had said that he will not be playing in the ongoing NCL match as he is suspended and he is not sure what will happen in future. The pacer also accepted his mistake that he lost his temper, but blamed Arafat for his misbehaviour as he refused to shine the ball. He also said that he answered him back in an insulting manner.
This is not the first instance of the 33-year-old pacer landing in trouble. He had spent time behind bars in 2015 after being accused of assaulting his domestic help. He has also been involved in a fight with an auto-rickshaw driver.