Hossain faces assault charge
Dhaka, December 30
Bangladesh police have charged national cricketer Shahadat Hossain with assaulting an 11-year-old girl he employed illegally as a maid.
Police said Hossain, who has played 38 Tests for Bangladesh, and his wife Nritto Shahadat were formally charged on Tuesday with assault and torture. “The allegations against Shahadat and his wife were proved in our primary investigations,” police Inspector Shafiqur Rahman told AFP.
The 29-year-old cricketer, who denies any wrongdoing, was suspended from all forms of the game on September 13. He and his wife went into hiding after police raided their house in September following a complaint from the young girl.
Police said one of her hands had been burnt with a hot cooking paddle, while other injury marks were also found on her body. Television footage showed her looking frail and thin with swollen black eyes.
Hossain, who has also played 51 ODIs for Bangladesh, handed himself in to police in October after his wife was arrested.