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Shakib to be handed show cause letter

BCB president Nazmul Hasan said the board will take legal action against the company while Shakib al Hasan will be handed a show cause letter for signing the deal with Grameenphone without consent from the board

Update : 26 Oct 2019, 12:43 PM

Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan has put himself in hot water with the Bangladesh Cricket Board after signing an endorsement deal without clearance from the board. 

BCB president Nazmul Hasan said the board will take legal action against the company while Shakib will be handed a show cause letter for signing the deal with Grameenphone without consent from the board.

“According to our laws, the cricketers can’t do this [sign endorsement deals with telecom companies] under any condition. The telecom company knows this, so do the cricketers. I don’t know why Shakib did this. Even then, we’re giving Shakib the opportunity for self-defence [handing him a show cause letter]. But I can say this, a cricketer can’t sign a deal with a telecom company in accordance with the laws,” said Nazmul to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.

“There is no chance for the board to be lenient on him [Shakib] over the issues,” said Nazmul.

Shakib was announced as the brand ambassador of Grameenphone Tuesday. 

The news had come in as a surprise to the BCB office which was then busy settling the three-day long strike called by the cricketers.

The Bangladesh cricketers who have central contracts with the BCB have embargo on signing endorsement deals with telecom companies. 

The embargo was placed after Robi ended its title sponsorship contract with the BCB in August last year. 

A media release from Robi had claimed that its decision to move out from the deal was based on the contract losing its relevance.

It is understood that Robi had shared its observations with regards to the national cricketers endorsing different telecom houses. 

Robi had claimed exclusive rights to the national team, along with the A team, U-19 side and the national women’s side with the condition that no cricketer under contract will be allowed to promote any telecom company. 

BCB, following the breakup with Robi, had blamed the cricketers behind the board losing the contract.

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