Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shahid handed one-year ban

Shahid handed one-year ban

Out of favour national pacer Mohammad Shahid has been handed a suspended one-year ban by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for violating the code of conduct in the recently-concluded National Cricket League (NCL), report agencies. Shahid will be eligible to play during this period but the cricketer will be under the scanner and if he has any further troubles with regards to disciplinary issues in the future, the ban will be activated immediately. The 31-year-old was implicated in an incident involving another national discard, pacer Shahadat Hossain, and young off-spinner Arafat Sunny Jr. The fallout from that incident saw the BCB last month ban Shahdat for five years, with two of those years suspended. Shahid was mentioned in the match officials’ report for starting the incident. The BCB disciplinary committee called both Shahid and Arafat to the hearing and the latter was also handed a suspended one-year sentence after being found guilty of a level 2 offence for provoking Shahadat. “Both of them [ Shahid and Arafat] committed level two offences and were handed suspended sentences. Although they are not banned immediately, the committee will monitor their on and off field activities. If they are guilty of another offence, the ban will be activated immediately,” a BCB official said yesterday. According to the official who was part of the hearing, Shahadat called Arafat on two occasions on the field and when he did not respond, the pacer lost his temper. It was learnt that Shahid first pushed Arafat and screamed: “Why don’t you listen to your elder brother”. That made Shahadat angrier and he started slapping his teammate. Meanwhile, Shahadat’s prayer for a full hearing was granted by the BCB but they did not lessen the punishment as he was found guilty of a level 4 offence. He was also fined Tk 3,00,000. Shahadat, who has played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is, has been out of favour since his arrest in 2015 for assaulting his domestic help, which led to a temporary suspension. On the other hand, Shahid made his Test debut in 2015 and played five Tests, picking up as many wickets. The cricketer also played a T20I in 2016, which was his last international match.

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