Embroiled in an antagonistic relation with players, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hassan and his allies have decided to sue arguably the greatest cricketer from the country - Shakib Al Hasan - for violating the contract with the board by signing a sponsorship deal with a telecom company
Shakib inscribed the agreement with former national team sponsor Grameenphone - the financer of BCB from 2009 till 2011 - for a confidential sum during the time when the Bangladesh players' strike was at its peak.
"We believe there was a contractual and procedural breach in his contract. Of course, we will take action against it," BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told AFP.
The BCB president isn't a popular figure among 'The Tigers' of late but it looks like the chief does not care about his rapport with the top players and is apparently showing a lack of intent for a complete reconciliation. The powerful chairman has decided to seek compensation from Shakib and the phone company.
"We are going to take legal action. There is no scope to spare anyone. We will seek compensation from both the company and the player," Hassan stated vehemently in an interview.
The BCB boss is adamant about upholding the rules without any relaxation whatsoever.
"We thought it's a kind of 'I don't give a damn to the rules of Board' attitude. If that is the case, of course, we will take tough action," he warned.
The BCB chief further said the board suffered massive losses after the company signed players on their own accord rather than following the protocol of bidding to become the team sponsor.
Hassan thinks the timing of Shakib's deal is pre-planned and he accuses him of having exploitative intentions due to the coincidence of events - remuneration strike and the all-rounder's telecom deal.
"This is why we barred the players to sign any agreement with telcos… yet, he (Shakib) did this. And you see the timing? Agreement after stopping play. This is audacious behaviour," he remarked.
The incumbent BCB president went so far as to say that Shakib's on-field performance is ordinary and he should be hiding after the recent crushing defeat against Afghanistan - while cherrypicking the loss and ignoring his massive contribution to Bangladesh cricket.
"We defeated England and Australia in our own ground. Now we lost to Afghanistan. If I was responsible I would not show my face let alone stage a protest," he added, referring to Bangladesh’s 224-run loss in the one-off Test against Afghanistan in early September when Shakib was captain.
Shakib was vociferous in the players' strike and took the lead role in advocating for an increase in pay, pressurizing authorities to accede to their demands.
Shakib was the main influencer in the players' strike on Monday which entailed concerns from players regarding BCB's revenue share model and from the look of things, the parties have not yet shaken hands enthusiastically.
The strike has been called off now but it could potentially have ripple effects on Bangladesh's tremendous success over the last five years as they redefined themselves from minnows to a tough opponent among full members. The strained relations between players and the board may sidetrack players from their professional duties.
However, players have started preparations for the next month's India tour as the BCB has accepted many demands but it remains to be seen how quickly reforms are made and implemented over the next few months.