Suspension is too harsh, says Bashar

Published: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 12:49 [IST]
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Dhaka: Former Bangladesh captain Habibur Bashar was shocked by the 10-year ban imposed on him and 12 others for joining Indian Cricket League.

"It is really unexpected. The ten-year suspension is too harsh. I can't believe it,"  Bashar told the Dhaka-based  Daily Star

"Hopefully we will meet tomorrow (Thursday) to decide our next course of action. We may try to meet with the board officials to explain everything," said Bashar.

Bashar along with three other "Dhaka Warriors" colleagues Shahriar Nafees, Alok Kapali and Dhiman Ghosh returned home yesterday after attending the official launch in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The most successful Bangladesh skipper said that it would be painful for him to be branded as a banned cricketer.

"I think the people in this country will not misunderstand us because we didn't commit any crime, rather we just want to play cricket," said Bashar.

"It would be an unbearable pain for me to be cast as a banned cricketer after playing for my country for so many years," added the country's highest Test run-getter.

"I don't understand why people call us rebel cricketers. There were reasons for me to take such a decision.

"I didn't consider only money because I know how big it is to represent the national team," he said.

The board has taken the decision after the rebel cricketers didn't respond to their appeal to meet them on Tuesday.

"We were not available at that time but now we can meet them. We are also available for national selection in any time and ICL authority also assured us that they will release us for any kind of national duty," he said adding that they got exceptional respect from the ICL authority.

BCB however hardly had any intention to think more with the cricketers who already signed with the ICL rather they were trying to take the initiative to make sure that there will be no such damages in the future.


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