Bangladesh lift ban on torture shame cricketer

Dhaka, May 10

Bangladesh Cricket Board lifted a ban on disgraced fast bowler Shahadat Hossain on Tuesday, allowing him to play domestic matches weeks after he apologised for torturing an 11-year-old girl he employed as a maid.

Hossain was banned from all forms of cricket last year by the BCB after he became a subject of investigation for alleged criminal offence, which drew huge media interest.

The BCB said Hossain was now free to play domestic cricket including the lucrative Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after he made an emotional appeal seeking a return to cricket.

“He, however, will not be considered for national team selection until his legal issues are settled,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, adding the ban was lifted on “humanitarian considerations”.

Hossain, who has denied abusing the girl in the past, apologised on April 28 for what he called his “misdeed” and said he had made “a mistake”.

“I regret the unwarranted incident I was involved in and apologise to the whole nation,” he said in an emotional statement.