From run-ins with fans to groundstaff, Shakib Al Hasan has made headlines for the wrong reasons several times
Anger at groundstaff, October, 2010
Shakib threatened to hit a member of the groundstaff with a bat for moving in front of the sightscreen during a Bangladesh-New Zealand ODI. The match referee gave him a warning but no further action was taken.
Shakib made a middle-finger gesture towards the Shere Bangla National Stadium’s grandstand after the Bangladesh-West Indies World Cup match in 2011, a game after which, in a separate incident, angry fans pelted stones at the West Indies team bus following Bangladesh’s nine-wicket defeat. The photo of Shakib was published in several newspapers after it was shared widely on the internet. No action was taken.
Shakib was banned for three ODIs and fined BDT 300,000 (US $3800) by the BCB for pointing towards his crotch on live television, when the camera panned towards the Bangladesh dressing room during the ODI against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim requested the BCB to reduce the ban for the “best interests of the team”.
Shakib allegedly beat up a fan who was apparently harassing his wife at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. The incident took place when there was a rain break during the first ODI against India in 2014. After the BCB held a hearing, Shakib told the media that he wasn’t aware that a player can’t leave the dressing-room area during an international match.
After he texted new coach Chandika Hathurusingha that he would quit international cricket rather than join a training camp, BCB summoned Shakib to Dhaka. He was in transit in London at the time, trying a catch a flight to the Caribbean to play the 2014 CPL. Days later, BCB banned him for six months for “serious misbehaviour” with Hathurusingha, and for the incident mentioned in the previous entry. “He has a severe attitude problem, which is unprecedented in the history of Bangladesh cricket,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said back then. But after Bangladesh’s poor performance in West Indies, the BCB reduced his ban to three and a half months in August that year.
During a BPL match in 2015, Shakib blew a fuse at umpire Tanvir Ahmed, abusing him openly after Ahmed turned down an lbw appeal. He was suspended for one match and was fined BDT 20,000 (USD 256 approx).
Bangladesh were irate when a no-ball for height was not given in the last over of their Nidahas Trophy match against Sri Lanka in March 2018. Mahmudullah, who was batting, argued with the umpires. Captain Shakib beckoned Mahmudullah to return to the dressing-room, in protest at the umpire’s decision. Eventually Mahmudullah took them to victory with a six, and some of the players celebrated with the nagin dance, a reaction to Sri Lanka players using the same celebration previously. Amid all the drama, a glass door had also been shattered in the Bangladesh dressing room. Shakib admitted that the players, himself included, had perhaps allowed their emotions to get the better of them. He apologised later, but the BCB didn’t make any public mention of their opinion of the incident.
The ICC ban, October, 2019
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84