Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman handed six-month ban from international cricket

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A six-month ban for the Bangladesh batsman.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday slapped batsman Sabbir Rahman with a six-month ban from international cricket for repeated off-field misdemeanors

The latest in a string of off-field incidents had seen the 26-year-old abuse and threaten a Bangladesh cricket fan on Facebook.

The right-handed batsman was summoned by the BCB disciplinary committee for a hearing on Saturday following which he was handed his sentence.

“We recommended six month ban from international cricket and it will be implemented from tomorrow,” BCB director Ismail Haider told reporters after the hearing.

“He is yet to play domestic cricket for his earlier ban that is expected to end this September. But today we had taken this decision for his Facebook post. Though he said that it was hacked, we don’t have the mechanism to verify that,” he added.

Rahman has also been warned off an even lengthier ban from international cricket if his off-field issues continue.

The middle-order batsman has made the news for the wrong reasons multiple times in the past. He was charged for assaulting a fan during a first-class match at Rajshahi in December last year following which his central contract with BCB was revoked along with a six-month ban from domestic cricket.

In June this year, the batsman was dropped for Bangladesh’s third and final T20I against Afghanistan at Dehradun after getting into a physical altercation with his team-mate Mehidy Hasan during the second match of the series.

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan could miss the Asia Cup in UAE

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Shakib Al Hasan could miss the Asia Cup

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan could miss the Asia Cup in the UAE after hinting he is likely to undergo surgery on his finger.

The 31-year-old’s pain with his little finger on his left hand resurfaced during the recent T20 series against West Indies and confirmed he is likely to have surgery before next month’s tournament.

“We all know that I have to have a surgery,” Shakib told reporters at Dhaka airport after Bangladesh team’s return from the West Indies.

“But I feel the earlier it is done, the better, most probably before the Asia Cup,” he said.

Shakib first suffered the injury during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in January but with the World Cup on the horizon in England next May, he wants to ensure he is fully fit for the showpiece event.

“I don’t want to play without being fully fit. If I think that way, it should be done before Asia Cup and that is normal,” he said.

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Bangladesh hold their nerve to win T20 series against West Indies

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Bangladesh won the T20 series 2-1. Image: BCB/Twitter.

Bangladesh ended their tour of the West Indies on a winning note as the Tigers survived a late onslaught from Andre Russell to win the rain-affected third T20 by 19 runs and with it the series.

Russell hit 47 off 21 deliveries with six sixes and one four to keep the hosts in the hunt as they chased Bangladesh’s total of 184-5 in Lauderhill, USA.

However his fall in the 18th over – to left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman (3-31) – sealed the match for Bangladesh.

Russell’s exit at 135-7 after 17.1 overs was followed by rain which ended play.

Bangladesh lost the Test series 2-0 but bounced back in the limited-overs leg, with the 2-1 T20 series win following a similar result in the ODIs.

The big total was set up by Liton Das who hit 61 off just 32 balls with six fours and three sixes. The Tigers’ total was also boosted by Tamim Iqbal who helped add 61 off just 4.4 overs with Das for the opening wicket.

“This was a tremendous team effort and will give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” said captain Shakib Al Hasan. “Now we need to build on this performance, in both the ODI’s and T20’s, when we return home to be more consistent and competitive against the big teams.”

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