Athletic

Shahadat returns to competitive cricket as BCB accepts his appeal

Bangladesh right-arm pacer Shahadat Hossain made a comeback to competitive cricket after serving a ban of 18 months.

On Saturday, Shahadat played for Partex Sporting Club and bowled two overs but failed to scalp any wicket.

He was originally banned for five years, with two years suspension, in November 2019 for slapping a teammate during a National Cricket League Game in Khulna. He was also fined BDT 100,000.

In March this year, Shahadat submit an appeal to BCB to reduce his punishment and allow him to play domestic cricket so that he can help his family and his ailing mother.

Akram Khan, the cricket operation chairman of BCB, told the media in March that the board is considering allowing him to resume his career.

“His mother is diagnosed with cancer, and he has more problems in his family. We have forwarded his appeal to the disciplinary committee of the board. I think he will be eligible to resume his career soon,” Akram had told the media in March this year.

Shahadat got his international caps in 2005-2006. He represented Bangladesh in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and 6 T20Is. He enjoyed more success in Tests cricket where he bagged 72 wickets with four five-wicket hauls. In ODIs, he bagged 47 wickets with a hattrick and in T20Is, he has six scalps under his belt.

Shahadat, a 34-year-old right-arm pacer, had played his last international game in 2015 against Pakistan in Dhaka.

Source: United News of Bangladesh