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Mashrafe bats for suspended Shakib

Update : 27 Nov 2015, 07:30 PM

Tigers limited-over and Comilla Victorians captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza defended his embattled teammate Shakib al Hasan after the mercurial all-rounder received a one-match suspension for using abusive words towards the on-field umpire during their last Thursday’s Bangladesh Premier League encounter against Sylhet Super Stars.

Rangpur Riders captain Shakib was also fined Tk20,000 after he pleaded guilty to the offence. Match referee Selim Shahed imposed the ban and the fine and Shakib duly sat out the Riders’ yesterday’s tie against Comilla Victorians with former Pakistani captain Misbah-ul Haq acting as his deputy.

“Shakib is not like this (violent). He does not usually show his reaction in the field. At times, you might lose your temper. Shakib’s previous indiscretions are different to this one. Every one of them was different. Naturally, if you commit the same mistake thrice questions will arise. I am a bit confused but I am sure he did not want to do this. I do not know what I would have done if I was in his shoes,” Mashrafe told the media Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mashrafe however, thinks the one-match suspension is a justified one as the spirit of the game was brought into question by Shakib, who argued with umpire Tanvir Ahmed after he turned down Thisara Perera’s appeal for a caught-behind decision of Super Stars captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

“There is a rule with the umpire. You cannot say anything to the umpire in the field. This a simple rule. If anyone breaks it, he should be prepared for any kind of punishment. In the last match, Al Amin [Hossain] and [Mohammad] Shahid were also fined. So, the less you do it (argue with umpire), the better,” said Mashrafe.

“Every thing has particular sets of rules. If anyone breaks it, no matter how big a cricketer he is, he must face the consequences. The same happened with Shakib. It (ban) is unfortunate for Shakib and his team. Maybe he was unable to control his emotions and excitement. People learn from mistakes. Hopefully he will not repeat his mistakes in the future,” he added.

In Shakib’s absence, the Riders conceded a thumping nine-wicket loss against the Victorians and the maverick southpaw’s importance to the Rangpur side was not lost on Mashrafe.

“Whichever team does not have Shakib available will be under pressure. His absence brings relief to the opposition. Batting, bowling and fielding; he is the best in all three departments,” said the “Narail Express”.

Shakib will return to the side for their upcoming clash against Chittagong Vikings this Tuesday at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. 

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