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Jahurul: Sabbir relieved to finish NCL without controversy

Sabbir has been the most controversial character in Bangladesh cricket recently due to indiscipline and is currently serving a six-month ban from international cricket as a result

Update : 08 Nov 2018, 08:15 PM

Middle order batsman Sabbir Rahman did not have a notable performance for the National Cricket League (NCL) 2018-19 champion Rajshahi Division. In six matches the right-handed batsman scored just 188 runs with one half century, where his score was 99 runs. 

But rather than having a stellar performance, Sabbir is happier to have a season without any unsavoury on-field incidents according to Rajshahi captain Jahurul Islam. He informed that Sabbir, following their last game of the season on Thursday against Barisal, was sharing the relief he had of finishing the tournament without controversy.

Sabbir has been the most controversial character in Bangladesh cricket recently due to indiscipline and is currently serving a six-month ban from international cricket as a result. This was due to the cricketer being found guilty of abusing and posing a physical threat to a supporter on social media.

“I have seen Sabbir from his childhood and the only thing wrong with him is his temperament. Otherwise, he is a good person by heart. He sometimes creates nonsense because of losing his temper. He should realise that as a national figure people will call him bad at times but he should understand that he does not need to react to those,” said Jahurul to Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

“His incident in NCL last year had happened in front of me. He played six matches under me this year and there has been no issue at all. After finishing the tournament he told me ‘I am happy to finish six matches without creating any issue and bad name’. So this was a big achievement for him and he wants to change himself. He did not perform much but he was happy to have finished without making any incident. I think he realised that as a cricketer one doesn’t have a lifetime but only a few years,” said the former Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman.

Sabbir’s international ban is set to end in February 2019. Now with the NCL over, the Rajshahi lad will now have to wait for the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League T20 scheduled to take place in January this year.  


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