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BCB to take action against intruder

  • Published at 06:13 pm September 6th, 2019
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A pitch invader gives a rose to Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan during day two of their lone Test against Afghanistan in Chittagong Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Chittagong

The fan gave Shakib al Hasan a salute before going down to his knees to offer a rose

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is set to take legal action against the pitch invader who intervened play on day two of the lone Test match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Friday.

Named Faisal Ahmed, the invader took the security fence at Eastern Gallery to get into the area of play and ran towards Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan. 

The incident occurred in the 107th over of Afghanistan’s innings. 

The Bangladesh cricketer at first was shocked, ran to take cover behind umpire Nigel Llong and came forward to the “fan” only after understanding the situation.

The fan gave Shakib a salute before going down to his knees to offer a rose.

Later the BCB security personnel hurriedly took Faisal off the field. 

Pitch invasion is common in sports all over the world but considered a crime.   

BCB chief security officer Hossain Imam informed the media that the invader has been handed over to local police and that legal action is already underway.

The pitch intruder was later handed over to local police Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Chittagong

“We have handed over the boy to police. They will now take action as per the laws of the land. He is an illegal intruder on the field and we are trying to file a case against him,” said Imam to reporters Friday.

The incident is not the first at a cricket venue in Bangladesh. 

In recent years, there have been at least three similar incidents but the BCB was not able to take any legal measure, mainly due to insufficient support of the concerned security agency.

In 2018, there were two such incidents, on the first and second day of the Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Sylhet.

The intruders ran to the middle to hug Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.

In 2016, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza found an intruder running towards him during an ODI against Afghanistan at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Following the incident yesterday in the port city, BCB security wants to set an example by bringing the latest intruder under legal action.

“If we don’t take action the situation will break out. This has become a fashion and we are trying to set an example with such measure. We want to stop it. We do want to take actions against the previous intruders. But the officials who handled the issues didn’t take any case and set them free. This time around, we are committed to take action against the intruder,” said Imam.

ONLY TEST, DAY 2

AFGHANISTAN 1ST INNINGS        R    B

Ibrahim c Mahmudullah b Taijul     21    69

Ihsanullah b Taijul             9    36

Rahmat c Soumya b Nayeem         102    187

Shahidi c Soumya b Mahmudullah    14    32

Asghar c Mushfiq b Taijul                 92    174

Nabi b Nayeem             0    3

Zazai b Taijul                         41    115

Rashid c & b Miraz                    51    61

Qais c Mominul b Shakib                 9    15

Yamin c Soumya b Shakib                 0    7

Zahir not out                        0    5

Extras (lb 1, nb 2)                    3 

Total (117 Overs)                    342 all out

Fall Of Wickets

1-19 (Ihsanullah), 2-48 (Ibrahim), 3-77 (Shahidi), 4-197 (Rahmat), 5-197 (Nabi), 6-278 (Asghar), 7-299 (Zazai), 8-322 (Qais), 9-327 (Yamin), 10-342 (Rashid) 

Bowling

Taijul 41-5-116-4, Shakib 22-1-64-2, Miraz 28-5-73-1, Nayeem 13-0-43-2, Mahmudullah 4-0-9-1, Soumya 4-0-26-0, Mominul 4-0-9-0, Mosaddek 1-0-1-0

BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS    R    B

Shadman c Zazai b Yamin     0    4

Soumya lbw b Nabi        17    66

Liton b Rashid             33    66

Mominul c Asghar b Nabi    52    71

Shakib lbw b Rashid         11    20

Mushfiq c Ibrahim b Rashid     0    2

Mahmudullah b Rashid     7    13

Mosaddek not out        44    74

Miraz b Qais             11    31

Taijul not out            14    55

Extras (b 4, lb 1)        5 

Total (67 Overs)        194/8 

Fall Of Wickets

1-0 (Shadman), 2-38 (Soumya), 3-54 (Liton), 4-88 (Shakib), 5-88 (Mushfiq), 6-104 (Mahmudullah), 7-130 (Mominul Haque), 8-146 (Miraz)

Bowling

Yamin 10-2-21-1, Nabi 22-6-53-2, Zahir 9-1-46-0, Rashid 18-3-47-4, Qais 8-2-22-1

Bangladesh trail by 148 runs