Bangladesh Cricket Board to Take Legal Action Against Captain Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan might have just led a players protest against the Bangladesh Cricket Board and got his way, but the administrators are planning to take legal action against him for his deal with a telecom company.
Shakib, according to a report in Cricbuzz, signed the deal with local telecom giants Grameenphone a day after the cricketers called for their strike placing a 11-point demand to the board.
According to BCB's players' agreement, a cricketer under national contract cannot join a telecom company.
"He cannot make this agreement [with a telecom company] and why he cannot make this agreement is clearly stated in our contract paper," BCB president Nazmul Hasan told Bengali daily Kalerkantho on Saturday (October 26).
"Robi [Telecom] was our title sponsor and Grameenphone did not bid and instead they grabbed few cricketers by paying them TK One or Two Crores. What happened in the end? The board lost TK 90 Crores in three years," he said.
"Some players gained but the board had to suffer. It cannot happen. So they are informed about it on paper. I think even from the ministry they are told not to do any agreement with the telecom company without informing them while it is there in our contract paper. Then how come he does this agreement without informing us. And look at the timing. It was done when there was no cricket [due to strike]. Look at the audacity," he said.
"We are going into legal action. We cannot spare anyone in this regard. We will ask for compensation. We will seek compensation from the company as well as from the player. I heard about it [on October 23] and asked to send a legal notice to Grameenphone to claim compensation. I asked to send a letter to Shakib for explanation. We must give him a chance to show he didn't break the rule. To us it seemed that it was something like 'give a damn to the board' and if that is the case we will take tough action," he added.
Shakib, who was at the forefront of the players strike recently, is required to take permission from the board about such deals according to BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
"We were not aware of his [Shakib's] deal with Grameenphone," said Nizamuddin. "Usually what happens is we don't encourage players to have any commercial deal with a company that can have conflict with the national sponsors," said Nizamuddin.
"Right now we have Unilever as our national team sponsors but the deal is expected to end soon. If any of our players are endorsing any telecom company, then the other telecom companies will not be interested to bid for the national team when our present deal is over with Unilever," he said.