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Shahadat Hossain suspended for physical assault on teammate
Physical Assault

Shahadat Hossain suspended for physical assault on teammate

Bangladesh pacer Shahadat Hossain has been forced to withdraw from the ongoing National Cricket League after assaulting teammate Arafat Sunny.

The incident took place during the second day's play between Khulna Division and Dhaka Division when Shahadat was reportedly angered by Arafat's refusal to shine the ball.

The 33-year-old fast bowler had to be physically restrained by his teammates as the confrontation escalated into an attack by Shahadat.

He was immediately suspended leaving Dhaka Division a player short of the playing XI for the rest of the game and faces the prospect of a one-year ban.

His actions are interpreted as a Level 4 offence in the BCB Code of Conduct due to which he will also have to pay an additional fine of Tk 50,000.

The match referee has sent the report to BCB, who will decide on the punishment given to Shahadat.

Although he has accepted the verdict, Shahadat complained about no sanction imposed on Arafat.

"I am not playing in the ongoing NCL match as I am suspended and I am not sure what will happen in future. It is true that I lost my temper but he also misbehaved with me as he refused to shine the ball and when I asked why he answered in a tone that was degrading and difficult for me to digest," he told Cricbuzz.

Shahadat, who represented Bangladesh in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is having made his debut in 2005, has previously had trouble controlling his temper as he was jailed for beating up his 11-year-old domestic help in 2015.