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BCB to take legal action against Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan is set to receive a show-cause notice by BCB following signing a commercial deal.

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BCB to take legal action against Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan signs a deal against BCB' rules. Photo: Bangladesh media

The highest authority of cricket in the country, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to take legal action against Test and T20I captain, ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for breaching board’s regulations.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan Papon informed one of the leading dailies that national team cricketers must take permission from the board before making commercial deals.

Trouble shoot when Shakib Al Hasan recently signed a deal with telecom giant Grameenphone, who is competitor of the board’s sponsor.

“It’s clearly stated in the contract paper that no player can make an agreement with a telecom company. We’re going to take legal action against Shakib. He has to give an explanation. We cannot spare anyone in this regard,” Papon said adding that the board will seek compensation from Grameenphone and Shakib.

Shakib is set to receive a show-cause notice by BCB following the signing. Grameen Phone announced on October 22 that Shakib will be their brand ambassador.

“Robi [Telecom] was our title sponsor and Grameenphone did not bid and instead they grabbed few cricketers by paying them TK One or Two Crores. What happened in the end? The board lost TK 90 Crores in three years,” Papon added.

“We are going into legal action. We cannot spare anyone in this regard. We will ask for compensation. We will seek compensation from the company as well as from the player.

“I heard about it [on October 23] and asked to send legal notice to Grameenphone to claim compensation,” the board president noted.

Meanwhile, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that they were not aware about Shakib’s deal.

“‘We were not aware of his [Shakib’s] deal with Grameenphone. Usually what happens is we do not encourage players to have any commercial deal with a company that can have conflict with the national team sponsors,” said Nizamuddin.

“Right now we have Unilever as our national team sponsors but the deal is expected to end soon. If any of our players are endorsing any telecom company, then the other telecom companies will not be interested to bid for the national team when our present deal is over with Unilever,” he said.

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