Former Bangladesh Test pacer Shahadat Hossain has been banned for five years, with two years suspended, by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for physically assaulting teammate Sunny Arafat during a National Cricket League match between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division. Hossain has also been fined 3 Lakh Takhas.
Shahadat was reportedly angered when Arafat said he was not competent to shine the ball, which prompted the assault. Other teammates reportedly rushed to break the two apart, following which Shahadat was suspended from the game. The BCB’s technical committee reviewed the issue and banned the pacer for five years.
Shahadat himself conceded he lost his temper, while also saying Arafat had also ‘misbehaved’. “I am not playing in the ongoing NCL match as I am suspended and I am not sure what will happen in future,” Shahadat had told.
“It is true that I lost my temper but he also misbehaved with me as he refused to shine the ball and when I asked why he answered in a tone that was degrading and difficult for me to digest.”
Shahadat has played 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is for Bangladesh, picking up 153 wickets across formats. The 33-year-old last played for Bangladesh in 2015.