In an order to avoid any mishap, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has assigned a personal bodyguard for their ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan. The BCB took the decision after the allrounder recently received death threat from a fundamentalist for ‘blasphemy’.
Mohsin Talukder, a resident of Shahpur Talukder Para in Sylhet, started a Facebook Live at 12.06 p.m. on Sunday and publicly threatened to murder Shakib Al Hasan. He claimed that the cricketer’s behaviour has ‘hurt Muslims’. The man was offended with the Bangladesh ace for inaugurating a Kali Puja pandal in Kolkata.
The man later issued an apology and was also arrested by Police. But to make sure that nothing unwanted takes place, the BCB has decided to appoint a personal bodyguard for their most prized asset. The guard was seen escorting Shakib during the practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
“We have taken the measure as precaution although we see the threats as personal and isolated incidents,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury told BDNews24.com.
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan has also issued public apology after receiving teh threat from the Islamist. The 33-year-old cricketer in a post on Facebook denied inaugurating the puja pandal. He said it was inaugurated by Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim.
“Media, social media everywhere it was flooded that I went to Kolkata to inaugurate a puja ceremony which actually was not the reason behind my visit and I did not inaugurate puja,” he said.
Shakib Al Hasan is currently gearing up to make his much-anticipated return to international cricket. Last year, he was banned by the ICC from all cricket for two years, with one year of that sentence suspended, for breaching the ICC anti-corruption code. The ban ended on October 29, 2020.
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