Miraz’s tussle with Chattogram brings many controversies

The situation between Miraz and Chattogram Challengers was triggered after the team management had taken the captaincy role away from Miraz on Saturday

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All-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz plunged the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League T20 and his team Chattogram Challengers into controversy. Mehedi on Sunday decided to not play further in the tournament and move out from the team citing unjustified decisions by the team management and its Chief Executive Officer [CEO] Syed Yasir Alam.

The situation between Miraz and Chattogram Challengers was triggered after the team management had taken the captaincy role away from Miraz on Saturday – three hours ahead of their game against Sylhet Sunrisers at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.

 It has been claimed that Chattogram Challengers team management removed Miraz from the captaincy after they found the cricketer not following the team strategy on the field. It has also been reported Chattogram Challengers head coach Paul Nixon before leaving the team for personal reasons is said to have informed the team management against Miraz. 

However, rumors are – there are more reasons behind the chaos and a majority are sensing possible ill motive of Chattogram Challengers with its CEO Yasir in the center of the controversy.

Miraz had decided to leave the team hotel and travel back to Dhaka on Saturday evening. The Chattogram Challengers team management however did not allow Miraz to leave the hotel and requested him for a meeting to bring an end to the confusion.

The BPL Governing Council intervened in the matter and had asked the parties to come to a solution. Later Chattogram Challengers and Miraz ended the situation on a happy note, termed the situation as ‘misunderstanding’ and now looks forward to the remainder of the tournament.     

“I simply do not have the mentality to play [for this team]. The way they have taken the decision [is not right]. There may be a communication gap between us. The coach has reported against me to the team owners,” said Miraz to the media on Saturday. 

“Three hours before the game they informed me that I will not captain the team. I do not have any issue with that. I asked them the reason for this decision. I told them that they could have informed me a bit earlier if they had any reservation, I do not need the captaincy but this is disrespect of a cricketer. I believe the manager and CEO [Yasir] took the decision this way,” the Bangladesh national team cricketer added.  

Miraz speaking to the media earlier in the day had said he has informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] of the issue. The cricketer had also said he doesn’t have any complain against the Chattogram Challengers owners but that he will not further play for the team if CEO Yasir doesn’t leave. Miraz however moved from his decision following the mutual settlement with the team.

“I do not have any complain against the owners of the team. They are nice person to be honest. I heard the coach [Paul] before leaving said a lot against me. He complained that I play selfish cricket but when we spoke on phone, he said nothing like that. But while being removed from the captaincy, I am told that the decision has been backed by the coach,” Miraz explained. 

“He [CEO] always remains busy. I will not be part of the team if he remains. I will now only play if Yasir leaves. The statement he is has given to the media are all lies. He is a big culprit,” he added.

BPL GC member secretary IH Mallick speaking to Dhaka Tribune termed the incident unfortunate and expects the players and the teams to remain in harmony and successfully complete the tournament.

 

“Such incidents are unfortunate and give a bad name to the tournament. I was initially informed [on Sunday] that Miraz wants to leave because her mother is ill. Later I saw in the media that the issue is something else. We had requested them [Miraz and Chattogram Challengers] to discuss and clear the misunderstanding,” said BCB director and BPL GC member secretary IH Mallick to Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

The end to the situation between Miraz and his team later raised another concern – of the cricketer breaching the Covid-19 bio-safety bubble. Miraz on the day had first gone out of the hotel in public to travel to Dhaka and then attended the media briefing with room full of journalists in the hotel. The journalists, obviously, are not part of the bio-bubble. 

Both Miraz and Chattogram Challengers owner KM Rifatuzzaman during the media briefing could not come with an answer to the bio-bubble breach. 

Chattogram Challengers are scheduled to face Comilla Victorians on Monday in the afternoon game at the ZACS.


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