Shahadat faces one-year ban for physical assault

Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain was withdrawn midway through an NCL clash on Sunday against Khulna Division, effectively leaving Dhaka Division with just 10 players, after an incident of physical assault with a team-mate.

The temperamental fast bowler, who has featured in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is, is alleged to have hit Arafat Sunny when the 24-year old is believed to admitted having no knowledge of shining the ball. Supposedly, it needed the Dhaka Division players’ intervention to stop Shahadat.

His actions in Khulna amounted to a Level 4 offence, which now leaves him with the possibility of a one-year ban from all forms of cricket in Bangladesh as well as a fine of BDT 50,000 (USD 592). The NCL technical committee will need on Tuesday to decide on his punishment.

The disciplinary breach is yet another blot of sorts to Shahadat’s career, that has somewhat hit a dead end since he was arrested in 2015 for beating up his domestic help, which led to a temporary suspension. He hasn’t featured for Bangladesh since.

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