Bangladesh skipper media row just not cricket, says board

Chittagong: Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was banned on Monday from writing his newspaper column after a public row with former players over the team`s World Cup performance.

Shakib fired back at criticism from ex-captains and other leading players by complaining that they sounded like "common fans" who should know better than sniping at the current team.

He also reminded them of their own failings as players in his comments for a leading Bengali daily.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board stepped in with a blanket ban on any of their squad writing a newspaper column during the Feb 19-April 2 tournament which the country is co-hosting with India and Sri Lanka.

"Yes, we have asked team management to stop players writing columns to let them concentrate on the game," Manzur Ahmed, the chief executive officer of the BCB, told reporters.

"We are preparing media guidelines for players and will see if they can write (columns) after the World Cup," he added.

Former captain Roquibul Hassan had already responded to Shakib`s comments.

"It shows a great audacity and a great insult to senior players. He doesn`t know the history of Bangladesh cricket and that is the saddest part," he told a newspaper.

Bangladesh, facing a rampant West Indian attack, were all out for their lowest ever one-day international total of 58 in their third Group B game in a nine-wicket defeat on Friday.

The defeat sparked a national debate and fury among fans with security stepped up by the Bangladesh authorities after the West Indies team bus was stoned, mistaken for the home team`s vehicle.

Apart from Shakib, none of the Bangladesh team has a newspaper column after opener Tamim Iqbal put his on hold until after the tournament.

Bureau Report