B’desh ‘rebel’ stunned

Dhaka, September 18:

Former Bangladesh captain Habibur Bashar was stunned by the 10-year ban imposed on him and 12 others for joining the unauthorised Indian Cricket League. The ICL on Tuesday unveiled a new Dhaka Warriors team for its upcoming season that includes 11 current or former internationals.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board banned all ICL signees for 10 years, in keeping with the policy of administrators in other countries who regard the ICL as a rebel organisation. “It is really unexpected,” Bashar told the Dhaka-based Daily Star. “The ten-year suspension is too harsh. I can’t believe it.”

The 12 others included in the Dhaka Warriors were Shahriar Nafis, Dhiman Ghosh, Mohammad Rafique, Alok Kapali, Aftab Ahmed, Farhad Reza, Manjural Islam, Mabud Chowdhury, Mahbubul Karim, Mohammad Sharif, Mosharraf Hossain and Tapash Baisya.