It has been an unpleasant sight at the home of cricket in Mirpur yesterday as the journalists were eagerly waiting for the reaction from the Tigers Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim after Bangladesh Premier League Franchise Barisal Bulls owner and Bangladesh Cricket Board director MA Awwal Chowdhury Bulu made comment on a TV channel on Friday over Mushfiq's indiscipline during last season.
Mushfiq who looked dejected was accompanied alongside the member secretary of the BPL governing council Ismail Haider Mollick and the BCB, CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury in the media lounge.
“I have been playing cricket for the past 17 years and playing for the national team for the last 12 years but so far no one have said such things about me. Anybody can comment over my game but when someone questions about my discipline, sense of responsibility and I am not able to motivate the players and don't talk in the team meeting is something unexpected."
“As a cricketer its difficult for me to take as such incident took place with me today may these things will happen with someone else in future. You have given so much to the country atleast you should get some respect,” Mushfiq whose eyes filled with tears was unable to speak further and left the area immediately."
Later Mollick echoed Mushfiq's comment and went hard against Bulu and informed that the board will not tolerate such comment from a franchise owner against a national cricketer.
“We have not given the right to make such comment over our captain or national players. There is a code of conduct of BPL and the franchises should strictly follow that. If they have any complain over the players they can do that to the BPL governing council and only the board has the right to reprimand the player. No franchise has the right to say such thing about a player.” said Mollick.
According to the influential board director they have seen the TV interview where Bulu makes comment over Mushfiq's indiscipline and said that it was totally a frightful comment and BCB will show-cause the franchise owner for his comment.
“We have seen the whole interview and after watching that we all felt that it was not a sober comment to make. We have spoken to the chairman of the BPL governing council as the board president is not in the country and we must have discussed with him if he was here. But whatever he said is totally not expected."
“We have already called him (Bulu) and we will also show-cause him and if we don't get proper answer then we will take action against the franchise and it can be financial or may be different,” he said.
However, it was Barisal who showed interest on Mushfiq in the icon player category last season where Mollick informed that the governing council have discussed with Mushfiq and later decided to put him on the franchise.
Earlier on Friday Barisal Bulls owner Bulu make comment during a TV interview where he claimed that Mushfiqur had some disciplinary issue as the Tigers Test captain was unable to motivate the players of the team and the franchise is not interested to pick him for the next season.
“We are totally not interested on him (Mushfiqur Rahim) as we have handed over a letter to him last year for indiscipline and making bad comment against the franchise owner. When he was in Sylhet in the previous season and then same thing happened with us in Barisal and we don't expect these things from him. The captain should motivate the players and do the team planning as he is a good player but he is not a good captain which is very important in T20,” he said.
Meanwhile there were many controversies over Barisal Bulls franchise from the irregularity over the player’s payment issues to off the field incidents created headlines last season.
One of the incidents took place during the fourth edition of the BPL last season when the Barisal Bulls brand ambassador and singer Asif Akbar who alleged that the Barisal players are involved in match-fixing during the tournament.
One of the co-owner of Barisal, Rizwan bin Farouq was banned from all the cricket activities after he reportedly punched Moinul H Chowdhury, chief executive of Total Sports Marketing during the conclusion ceremony of the Asia Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in March last year.