Sports, Cricket

Shakib’s altercation with a fan over selfie

Published : 06 May 2024 09:39 PM | Updated : 06 May 2024 09:39 PM

Shakib Al Hasan, a luminary in Bangladesh cricket, has often been lauded for his prowess on the field, earning acclaim both locally and internationally. Despite his match-winning abilities, controversies have occasionally shadowed his career. A recent incident has once again brought his name into the limelight.

During the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) clash between Prime Bank and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Narayanganj, an altercation occurred involving Shakib. The incident unfolded prior to the match's commencement, with Shakib engaging in a heated exchange with fans both within and outside the stadium's confines.

The confrontation began when Shakib, while conversing with coaches Mohammad Salauddin and Sohail Islam, was approached by a fan seeking a selfie. Despite Shakib's initial refusal, the fan persisted, leading to Shakib's frustration. The situation escalated when Shakib attempted to physically remove the fan from the field, an action that did not go unnoticed by the media present.

This wasn't an isolated event; Shakib's morning entry into the stadium was also marked by a similar occurrence. Confronted by another fan's selfie request, Shakib's response was to seize the mobile phone and dismiss the fan. Such aggressive behavior has sparked discussions regarding the safety of cricketers amidst the unrestricted access of fans.

Shakib's history with fan interactions has been tumultuous. His 18-year career has witnessed several instances where his temper flared. In 2010, during a match against India, Shakib's concentration was broken by a spectator's movement, prompting him to confront the individual with a raised bat.

A similar episode took place in 2013 during the Victory Day T20 cricket tournament. Shakib reacted to a spectator's taunt, which followed a denied autograph request, by confronting the individual in the stands.

In 2018, during a match in America against the West Indies, Shakib engaged in a dispute with a fan. The altercation gained traction on social media, leading Shakib to address the matter on his Facebook page.

These incidents highlight the ongoing challenges faced by public figures in managing fan interactions and maintaining personal boundaries.