‘Cricket is a gentlemen’s game’ – No doubt, but sometimes the on-field actions of a player does not justify the statement. Something similar happened in a match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL). Playing for the former, Shakib Al Hasan lost his temper twice within a span of two overs and kicked, uprooted and threw stumps to express his disagreement with the umpires’ decisions. The all-rounder was busted on social media for his unprofessional behaviour.
Shakib, however, has found support from his wife Ummey Al Hasan, who shared a long post on Facebook and stated that the controversy is a plot against Shakib to portray him as a villain. She also raised her concerns on umpires’ decisions.
I’m enjoying this incident as much as the media is, finally some news on tv! It is great to see the support of the people who can see the clear picture of today’s incident at least someone has the guts to stand against all odds. However, it is sad to see the main issue getting buried by the media highlighting only the anger that he showed. The main issue is the ongoing eye-catching decisions of the umpires! The headlines are really saddening. To me, it is a plot against him that has been going on for a while to portray him as the villain in all circumstances! If you are a cricket lover beware of your actions!” she said in a statement.
Shakib, who was alleged for a bio bubble breach before the start of DPL, issued a public apology for his actions.
“Dear fans and followers, I am extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who are watching from home. An experienced player like me should not have reacted that way but sometimes against all odds it happens, unfortunately.”
“I apologise to the teams, management, tournament officials and organizing committee for this human error. Hopefully, I won’t be repeating this again in the future. Thanks and love you all,” Shakib said in the statement”.
Shakib kicked the stumps in anger after his LBW call against Mushfiqur Rahim was denied by the umpire. Moments later, he uprooted all stumps after the umpires called for covers to save the pitch and ground from rain. Shakib has been one of Bangladesh’s most controversial cricketers. The all-rounder was banned in 2019 for not reporting corruption approaches by the bookies.