Dhaka - Bangladesh cricket authorities have suspended star all-rounder
Shakib Al Hasan for six months on Monday because of his "severe attitude problem",
the cricket board chief has said.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)
president Nazmul Hassan said the board had unanimously decided to
suspend the 27-year-old from "all kinds of competitive cricket" for the
next six months, ruling him out of Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies
He will also be barred from playing in any cricket leagues abroad until December next year, the president said.
"He has a severe attitude problem, which is unprecedented in the history of Bangladesh cricket," Hassan told reporters.
"We think that his behaviour is such that it's directly impacting the team."
suspension came as Shakib reportedly threatened to quit international
cricket after he was called back to Dhaka before a planned appearance in
the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament.
said Shakib was travelling to the Caribbean without any clearance from
the BCB, and had also "misbehaved" with coach Chandika Hathurusinghe. He
gave no further details.
"This morning he called me. He thought
that he had the NOC (no objection certificate). He did not have any. He
admitted that he misbehaved with the coach. He apologised for the
misbehaviour," Hassan said.
"Shakib is our role model. He is like
an ambassador," the president added. But he said the player did not care
about others, and "I think we cannot tolerate it anymore."- History of problems -
who for years has been the world's leading all-rounder and is one of
Bangladesh's finest cricketers, could not be contacted for comment.
said the player had a history of disciplinary problems, and was banned
for three matches in February for an indecent gesture to local fans. The
ban kept him out of key Asia Cup matches.
Last month he beat up a
spectator after the latter reportedly used abusive language against his
wife during an Bangladesh-India match.
"We want to give a
clear message -- if it is repeated, he might be banned for life. There
will be no compromise when it comes to discipline," Hassan said of the
latest apparent incident.
On Sunday, Shakib returned to Dhaka and
denied that he had made any threat to quit international cricket. "I
want to play cricket for another ten years," he said.
Shakib made his international debut in 2007 and has been the most consistent performer for Bangladesh.
has played 34 Tests scoring 2,278 runs with a batting average of 37.96
and taken 122 wickets, the country's highest. He has played 134 one-day
internationals scoring 3,835 runs and scalping 171 wickets.
left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm bowler, Shakib held the
International Cricket Council's top all-rounder position for years.
also helped Kolkata Knight Riders become champions in the Indian
Premier League (IPL) twice and has featured in English county cricket.
played all eight games for Barbados Tridents in the inaugural season of
the CPL last year, ending up as the second highest wicket-taker in the