Shakib Al Hasan in hot water after shocking tantrum at umpire during Dhaka Premier League, cricket news


Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has apologised for his behaviour after video of a shocking pair of outbursts at an umpire went viral on social media.

Shakib, who is a former captain of Bangladesh’s national team, was playing for Mohammedan Sporting Club against Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premire League when he blew his top.

The first incident occurred in the fifth over of Abahani’s run chase, when he was denied a wicket after a vociferous LBW appeal. After the umpire gave his not-out call, Shakib charged towards the official, before kicking the stumps down.

Incredibly he was not done with the tantrums for the day, once again charging at an umpire just an over later, before pulling all three stumps out of the ground and slamming them down onto the pitch.

The 34-year-old took to social media to issue an apology in a lengthy statement after the match.

“I am extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who are watching at home,” he wrote.

“An experienced player like me should not have reacted that way but sometimes against all odds it happens unfortunately.

“I apologise to the teams, management, tournament officials and organising committee for this human error.

“Hopefully, I won’t be repeating this again in the future. Thanks and love you all.”

The 34-year-old was heavily criticised by a number of cricket journalists after footage of his tantrum went viral on social media.

“You cannot do this,” tweeted United News of Bangladesh reporter Saif Hasnat.

“Shakib completely lost his cool. Twice in a single game. Such a shame! Words fell short to describe these.”

“This is horrendous behaviour,” tweeted Cricbuzz reporter Rob Johnston.

“Shakib Al Hasan should be given a significant ban for this.”

It remains unclear whether Shakib will be sanctioned for the two incidents at all.

Shakib has previously broken the stumps out of frustration at the international level as well, doing so after being dismissed during an Asia Cup game against Pakistan in 2016.

Considered by most to be Bangladesh’s greatest cricketer of all-time and one of the best all-rounders in the game’s history, Shakib’s stellar career has been shrouded by controversy of late.

He only recently returned to the game after serving a two-year ban for breaching the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.

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