Barisal Bulls owner pulled up over derogatory Rahim remarks
Published : 16 Jul 2017, 12:32:39
There seems to be trouble brewing at the very top in Bangladesh Premier League(BPL).
The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday said that they will issue a show cause to one of their directors, Abdul Awal Chowdhury, for making objectionable remarks against Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim after he drew their attention to the matter.
BCB said they will seek an explanation from Bangladesh Premier League franchise Barisal Bulls’ owner Abdul Awal Chowdhury. Chowdhury, who is also chairman of the BCB women’s wing, has now landed himself in trouble after he lambasted Rahim in a TV channel on Friday as being ill-disciplined and incapable of leading the side.
Rahim played for Barisal Bulls during the last edition of the BPL, but the public outburst from his BPL team owner has shocked the current Test skipper and has prompted the board to take the step in immediately.
BCB’s influential director and BPL’s governing council member secretary Ismail Haider said that the outburst on TV ‘never looked decent’ and that they have decided to issue him with a show cause notice.
“We have called him [Awal] and we decided to issue him with a show cause against him,” Ismail told reporters at SBNS during an impromptu presser on Saturday.
“We have seen the footage and it never looked decent to us. If he fails to satisfy us, then we will take action against the franchise as there is a code of conduct for every franchise of BPL and everyone should act accordingly,” he said.
“The way the franchise owner spoke, that was not expected. We did not give anyone the licence to speak in this manner about any of our national players. The franchise could have complained to us if they had anything him and we would have taken necessary steps to solve the matter,” he said.
‘It is very natural for (Rahim) to get hurt and even as a board director, no one can make such a comment,’ Haider added.
Awal, who is running the Barisal Bulls for the last two editions of BPL, said that the side was disappointed with Mushfiqur and not willing to retain him in the upcoming edition of BPL, the country’s lone franchise-based Twenty20 tournament, after he failed to satisfy them as a leader.
“We are not interested to retain him and we even issued a letter against him for indiscipline and making bad comments against some of the franchises,” Awal told a private TV channel when asked about Mushfiqur on Friday.
“He also had problem during the previous year with the Sylhet franchise while he had a similar problem when he arrived at Bulls. Every one expects that the captain should lead the by taking the consent of every player while making his plans but that was not the case with Mushfiqur,” he added.
“In T20, captaincy is very important but he is not a good captain,’ he added.
This apparently left a negative impact on the Bangladesh players in the camp, and Rahim in particular. Five senior cricketers – Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Rahim approached the BCB chief executive after the practice session and conveyed their disappointment.
Haider and CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury called Rahim for a closed door meeting and assured him that he will get his due respect. Despite this the wicketkeeper batsman could not hold his emotions while talking with to the press.
“I am playing for 17 years and have completed 12 years in the national team, but no one raised this kind of allegation against me,” Rahim said.
“Anyone can say that I might not be a good player but to hear that I am not disciplined or not a team man was very hurtful. He could have said that I’m not a good player but to talk about indiscipline, that I’m not able to motivate the players, that I don’t contribute in the team meetings… everybody knows how I contribute. Whatever statement he gave, I felt really bad. He’s like our guardian.”
“I informed Sujon [Nizamuddin Chowdhury and Haider] and they assured me that they will look into the matter so that in the future, no one can speak in such a manner against any player.”
“Today it happened with me, and tomorrow it can happen with anyone and after serving my nation for so long at least I can ask for this amount of respect,” a heavy-hearted Rahim wrapped up.-Cricbuzz