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Robiul’s ban raises eyebrows

  • Published at 03:00 am March 13th, 2019
Robiul Islam

The 32-year old right-arm pace bowler has not been a part of the Bangladesh team since 2014, and has also been out-of-favour in most of the mainstream domestic competitions

National pacer Robiul Islam’s three-year suspension from all forms of sport imposed by Satkhira District Sports Association has irked many in the cricket fraternity. 

The punishment was imposed without implementing Disciplinary Laws and Regulations, and that has raised questions with regards to the integrity of the SDCSA committee.

The 32-year old right-arm pace bowler has not been a part of the Bangladesh team since 2014, and has also been out-of-favour in most of the mainstream domestic competitions.

The National Cricket League was the only tournament where Robiul was regularly taking part, yet he was not included in the 34-member preliminary Satkhira squad for the National Championship, and that had made the cricketer upset.

According to SDCSA general secretary AKM Anisur Rahman, Robiul had misconducted with DCSA official over his exclusion from the squad for the National Championship.

“We have formed the squad based on performance in the local leagues and Robiul was not part of any of the competitions,” said Anisur to the media.

SDCSA in the suspension letter, signed by the additional district commissioner and chairman of cricket sub-committee of SDCSA Anindita Rai, to Robiul informed that the committee has come to the decision of suspending the cricketer for three years from all sports under the jurisdiction of the SDCSA. 

During this period, Robiul will not be allowed to be a part of any sports in any capacity. 

On February 25, SDCSA had served a showcause letter to Robiul asking for an explanation as to why the sports association should not take any action against him over his misconduct with coaches and officials of the association. 

Robiul had replied back on February 28.

“I questioned the coaches and officials the reason for not keeping me in the squad. They informed that the decision had come from the general secretary of the association,” informed Robiul to Dhaka Tribune Tuesday.

“It’s really surprising that I do not make into the 34-member squad of Satkhira, whereas the national selectors are making me part of the team for first-class competition like the National League. How come they are not making a Test and first-class cricketer part of the squad?” questioned the right-arm pace bowler.

Robiul had decided to retire from the game after he failed to bag a team in the ongoing Dhaka Premier League, but wanted to keep playing in Satkhira-based competitions for another few years. 

The SDCSA decision however, has shaken Robiul’s vision.

The incident has been addressed to the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh. 

CWAB general secretary Debabrata Paul said even if Robiul had misconducted, the punishment imposed by DCSA is one of concern and unacceptable, as it was not based on the Laws and Regulations.

“I spoke with a few of the individuals who were related to this incident. The punishment imposed is unacceptable. Firstly, because I think the decision was not based on any law in the sports fraternity, and secondly, one cannot take such loosely based decision against a cricketer who represented the country at the highest level, playing Tests and ODIs,” said Debabrata to Dhaka Tribune.

“The CWAB president (Naimur Rahman) is out of the country and due to come back Saturday. We will soon take the matter into hand and provide all necessary support to Robiul in the matter,” the CWAB GS added.

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