Shahadat Hussain attacked young bowler Arafat Sunny Jr during a game between Dhaka and Khulna after an argument. (Source: Twitter)

Former Test bowler Shahadat Hossain was banned for five years by the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday. Shahadat was accused of assaulting fellow player Arafat Sunny during domestic cricket.

During the second day’s play in the match between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division, Shahadat became angry that Arafat did not get the ball properly, on which he was so furious that Arafat was beaten.

According to a sports website, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has found Shahadat guilty under the Level Four offence. The national federation suspended two years of the ban but Shahadat, who admitted a charge of “physical assault”, was also fined 300,000 taka ($3,540), the board said.

Shahadat, 33, attacked young bowler Arafat Sunny Jr during a game between Dhaka and Khulna after an argument over how to shine the ball, a board official said.

“Considering his past behaviour we decided to punish him for five years. The last two years of his ban will remain suspended,” said BCB technical committee chief Minhajul Abedin.

He will remain suspended for the last two years of his ban. He can also be banned for life if he breaks the rules. Shahadat, who played 38 Tests, 51 One-Day and six T20 Internationals for Bangladesh, has had a longstanding relationship with controversies. In 2015, Shahadat and his wife were accused of torturing an 11-year-old maid. Later both of them had to go to jail for two months.

He was also banned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board at that time. However, the charge against him was not proved later and he was acquitted in the case. Earlier, veteran Bangladesh’s player Shakib al-Hasan was also banned for two years in the corruption case just before his visit to India.


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