The regular captain of Bangladesh cricket team Shakib Al Hasan is in trouble. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is issuing a show-cause notice to him for going into a deal with a telecom company, violating the terms and conditions of the board.
What’s the story?
According to the board president Nazmul Hasan if the skipper he fails to provide a satisfactory reply. Grameenphone, the local telecom giants, announced on October 22 that the country’s leading all-rounder joined them as their brand ambassador. But the BCB’s players’ agreement does not allow a cricketer under national contract join a telecom company. Nazmul Hasan told Bengali daily Kalerkantho on Saturday “He cannot make this agreement [with a telecom company] and why he cannot make this agreement is clearly stated in our contract paper.”
Hasan also hinted to an internal clash with the company Shakib got involved with. “Robi [Telecom] was our title sponsor and Grameenphone did not bid and instead they grabbed few cricketers by paying them TK One or Two Crores. What happened in the end? The board lost TK 90 Crores in three years.”
Why is board furious?
He also explained to Cricbuzz, “‘We were not aware of his deal with Grameenphone. “Usually what happens is we don’t encourage players to have any commercial deal with a company that can have conflict with the national sponsors.”
The furious board president expressed unhappiness and agony. He opined how the timing has been misused by the brand and cricketer as well. He said, “Some players gained but the board had to suffer. It cannot happen. So they are informed about it on paper. I think even from the ministry they are told not to do any agreement with the telecom company without informing them while it is there in our contract paper. Then how come he does this agreement without informing us. And look at the timing. It was done when there was no cricket [due to strike]. Look at the audacity.”
The board is going into legal action and in the president’s version, “We cannot spare anyone in this regard. We will ask for compensation. We will seek compensation from the company as well as from the player.”