Reports: BCB to take action after Shakib Al Hasan’s practice causes bio-bubble breach in DPL 2021
Mohammedan Sporting Club didn’t have a match on Friday, but Shakib was spotted at the venue in Mirpur.
Updated - Jun 6, 2021 2:54 pm
Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder, reportedly, has gotten himself tangled into another controversy. The Magura-born has been alleged of breaching the protocols in the bio-secure bubble during the 2021 Dhaka Premier Division T20 Cricket League.
Though the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) hasn’t opened up on the incident, it has been learned that it took place on Friday, June 4. Mohammedan Sporting Club didn’t have a match on the day, but Shakib was seen at the venue in Mirpur.
As per reports, he practiced along with teammates Asif Hasan and Ruyel Miah. Two net bowlers were also spotted, who both were neither a part of Mohammedan nor a part of the bio-bubble.
Shakib Al Hasan in another controversy
During Shakib’s practice, a man with a white shirt, who was also coming in physical contact with the net bowlers, was seen clicking pictures. If reports are to be believed, the net bowlers are from ‘Masco Shakib Cricket Academy’ and were being brought after they underwent COVID-19 tests.
In the meantime, after the breach, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) called a meeting to discuss the matter. Kazi Imam, the BCB director, and CCDM chairman stated that investigations are underway and apt actions will be taken.
“We are disappointed by what happened. CCDM and BCB have taken the matter seriously. The safety of teams, cricketers, and officials is of prime importance to us. To form the bio-secure bubble, we had to pay huge amounts and put in loads of hard work,” Inam was quoted as saying in The Business Standard.
Before the start of the tournament, CCDM member secretary Ali Hossain had talked about penalising the players and the clubs in case there’s a bio-bubble breach during the T20 event.
“We have a technical committee and they will decide on the punishment. It will also depend on how big the protocol breach is. The cricketers might be fined or suspended and the clubs might also be penalised,” Hossain had said.
Shakib has played three games in DPL 2021, scoring 49 runs and picking up five wickets. He wasn’t at his best when Sri Lanka toured Bangladesh for three ODIs. Moreover, he is unlikely to get a NOC for the second leg of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).