Despite being the greatest cricketer, the country has ever produced till date, ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has always faced constant criticism from the fans and even cricket board officials.
Recently Shakib has been controversially targeted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon and operations committee chairman Akram Khan respectively. They raised question over Shakib’s determination to play Test cricket and indirectly blamed him for choosing to play Indian Premier League (IPL) over country.
However, both the top BCB officials misinterpreted the official letter, where Shakib clearly explained the reason for playing in IPL. He did not say in the letter that he is reluctant to play Tests and said the main reason for him playing in the IPL is to prepare for the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup later this year. Now, in light of, social media reactions, people are asking if Shakib became the victim of vengeance of his own cricket board.
BCB’s remarks over Shakib is tarnishing his image as a greedy cricketer and also questioning his patriotism, which is shambolic to say the least. Shakib gave Bangladesh countless good memories and played a significant hand in propelling Bangladesh’s cricket where it stands today.
The key point here is Shakib always becomes a prey whenever he raises genuine questions over BCB’s ludicrous measures. Earlier in 2019, when the ace all-rounder led the two-day strike of the national team for pay rise, he was the one whom BCB criticised the most, whereas it was a strike supported by all the national team players. This time when Shakib tried to defend his own letter to BCB, he was misinterpreted and questioned over his patriotism.
If the BCB was so much against Shakib’s decision to play in the IPL, they shouldn’t have granted him the NOC at first. Why all of a sudden they are now questioning and misinterpreting his letter? The real reason is BCB always failed to control our cricketers and create an atmosphere where every cricketer is committed to the cricket board. From cricketers pay rise in both domestic and international cricket to setting up a proper cricketing structure, BCB often failed to create an optimum and sustainable solution on these issues.
Shakib returned to the country on Tuesday. Now in this latest face-off between Shakib and BCB, cricket fanatics and the well-wishers of Bangladesh cricket will only hope that both sides resolve their differences and work together for the betterment of Bangladesh cricket.