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.
“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)
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)
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