‘Darkest moment in Bangladesh cricket’: How local media reacted to Shakib Al Hasan ban
The ICC Tuesday banned Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for two years from all formats of the game after he accepted three charges of failing to report ‘approaches he received to engage in corrupt conduct.’ Expectedly it was the biggest news in the nation given the all-rounder was a prolific run-scorer and the top all-rounder in the ICC’s One Day International rankings
English newspapers in Bangladesh carried articles on Shakib’s ban on the front page and they ran alongside reports on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s press conference after her just-concluded Azerbaijan tour.
The Dhaka Tribune, The Daily Observer and Daily Sun carried reports on the news of the ban and PM backing Shakib.
The Daily Star in an article with the headline ‘Will the rest learn?’ called it arguably the “darkest moment in Bangladesh cricket history” and slammed the cricketer for putting the country in an ’embarrassing’ spot.
The article said: “Shakib is solely to be blamed for putting the country’s cricket in such an embarrassing situation. The ICC rightly said: “Shakib has attended many education sessions and knows his obligations under the Code. He should have reported each of these approaches.””
It also asked whether other cricketers of the nation would learn from Shakib’s case.
The Independent carried a report with the headline ‘A sad day for Bangladesh cricket.’
“The fact that a player of Shakib Al Hassan’s stature failed to learn from previous incidents is bewildering to say the least. There is a reason why cricket has a unique place among all sports. “It is not cricket” is a term in the lexicon to describe unfair actions. What Shakib Al Hassan did was definitely not cricket and he deserves the punishment he got,” the article said.
Shakib has played 56 tests, 206 one-day internationals and 76 Twenty20 internationals for Bangladesh. The 32-year-old all-rounder has scored more than 11,000 runs and claimed over 500 wickets across the three formats.