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Thursday, March 11, 2010
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Rokibul quits cricket!

ROKIBUL HASAN

Rokibul Hasan, the Bangladesh batsman, has taken the shocking decision to retire from all forms of cricket.

Rokibul's snap decision was so unexpected, that even his own family members were shocked, along with the cricket fraternity of the country. His father and brother tried to persuade him to change his decision but to no avail.

Till the filing of this report at midnight, it was known that Rokibul was in Dhaka. The Daily Star made several attempts to contact him but it was fruitless as the batsman's phone was switched off.

Bangladesh Cricket Board director Jalal Yunus confirmed that Rokibul submitted his resignation letter to team operations manager Shafiqul Haque Heera in Chittagong, who faxed it to the board office in Mirpur. Then he proceeded to board a flight to Dhaka from Chittagong.

The drama unfolded yesterday morning when the 22-year-old Rokibul refused to bat in the nets after travelling to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium with the team. Then while returning to the hotel he stunned the Tigers in the team bus where he suddenly announced that he would retire from all forms of cricket and would 'never play again'.

According to team sources, it shocked the entire squad who tried to talk reason into him. But Rokibul maintained his stance and also refused to elaborate.

The team sources confirmed a similar pattern of behaviour. Rokibul implied that he was willing to 'teach them a lesson' and it was a 'revenge of sorts' after he was unceremoniously axed from the national team for the England ODIs. The team management including the selectors were culprits in his eyes.

At the time, the board did not accept a team with Rokibul in it when the selectors named him in the 14-man squad for the ODIs. That had him cut out of the Tigers side and he was forced to play a practice game against England. He slammed an unbeaten 107 and a fifty to force his way back into the Test series and according to some close to him, he was positive in his talk.

As the drama unfolded in front of his teammates' eyes, he informed chief selector Rafiqul Alam of his retirement. Rafiqul asked him the reasons of his decision but Rokibul said it was 'personal'.

After informing the Tigers, Rokibul called up his Jamalpur home where he talked to his elder brother Shafiqul Islam to express his desire.

"He [Rokibul] called me and said that he has quit the national team and was going to Dhaka," said Shafiqul when contacted over phone.

"He told us that he had informed the captain and the coach of his decision, but I requested him not to take such a reckless decision.

"We know that he is someone who always makes the right call but this [retirement] has shocked us all at home," said Shafiqul, a service-holder in Jamalpur.

According to Shafiqul, his brother had recently expressed dissatisfaction with the way he was treated by the team management over the last two months. "After returning from New Zealand, he told me that he was just taken therebut made to sit out the Test matches," said Shafiqul.

"He told me that he was in form but wasn't scoring enough runs. 'Maybe that was my only fault' he said," added Shafiqul.

There was another version in a leading website where it was claimed that a BCB insider said Rokibul had been 'compromised' as the board also rejected his name from the Test squad.

"The selectors were told by the board to drop Raqibul and Ashraful from the Test squad," the BCB insider told the website. "The selectors refused to drop Raqibul after he scored a century and a fifty in the warm-up game at Chittagong and Raqibul has returned to Dhaka feeling that his position in the team is compromised."

But Jalal Yunus, also the media committee chairman of the board, strongly denied any such claims. "We completely denounce this report. It was written with the reporter's own assumptions about the incident," he said.

"He [Rokibul] was very much in the side and there were no questions about it [his position in the Test team]. The notion that this team was also rejected by the board members is completely false and I would like the contributor to mention the name of the 'BCB insider'," added Yunus.

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Strange! What made him to take this reckless decision!! Young man only 22 years old and the only Bangladeshi Player to score a triple century in First Class Cricket. I always believe he has good technique than others. Really strange and very surprising decision.

: Rashat Rahman

Thats SHOCKING......he is a reliable and responsible batsman for Bangladesh.......WAT HE HAS DONE IS NOT RIGHT.

: ruddro

Comments

  • Pal
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 02:01 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    How emotional a boy can be at the age of 22? Here is the example. Rokibul shows the non sportsmanship by quitting.

  • Khondkar Saleque
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 03:09 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    It is shock and awe for Bangladesh. This youngster must have been treated poorly.After Mashrafee incident, treatment of Ashraful self imposed retirement of another promising ceriketer amply s demonstrate that something is very wrong in cricket management.It is time that cricket loving Prime Minister ask questions? we want the best Bangladesh team represent tigers. Time is running out.Act fast and act positive plase.

  • Nawaz
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 05:55 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Rakibul Hasan is one of the most confident batsmen Bangladesh ever had. He has also showed his maturity during his innings against England XI. I really do not know what is going on in BCB but unless the management can rise above nepotism and favouritism, Bangladesh cricket will never shine. Bangladesh has shown so far that they have talents but like everything else, these talents lack guidance. We wasted enough time with our Asharul. A talent or not he should have been taken off the squad a long time ago, both for his own good and for the love of the country as a whole. Rakibul should have been playing instead of him. The selectors were very slow to react for the reason unknown to us but at last, when they gathered enough courage to go for the right selection the BCB tried to stop it even after the practice game in Chittagong. I still cannot understand why BCB stopped it. Would love to know the real reason behind this, hopefully, someday.

  • Ishar tripura
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 06:59 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    It is unbelievable to hear it. I think, there are some causes behind taking this decision which he can not expose, just keep the sorrow in the his mind. when a player performs good performance,the BCB call him to play.when a player is not good performance, they(BCB) wont call to play.I think, there are many good players. but they are evaluated in a proper way.

  • sajed
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 07:09 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    This is a shocking news. All of us.

  • New Jersey
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 07:15 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Not to worry. He will be back.

  • Ershad
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 07:54 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    This is pathetic! Along with Sanowar, Rajin Saleh, Rokibul was one of the rare breed of cricketers who had the sound techniques and tempertment for test cricket! Bangladesh as a young test playing nation can ill-afford this. I hope his inner circle can encourage him to change his mind. I was looking forward to watch his performance in the first test.

  • Maruf Rahman
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 08:37 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    He has already given the selectors the lesson by scoring high in the warm up match. That should have been enough. Just scored in one warm up match - thats all. NOTHING MORE. He did not learn anything himself - annother Immature, novice, and impatient cricketer from Bangladesh.

  • mahfuz
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 09:29 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Rokibul, please change your decision.we don't know what has happened with you.

  • riaj
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 09:45 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    The shocking decision hits all people in our country.

  • sayeed
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:14 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    it's the age ! Only 22 ! this is the time when everything runs in emotion ! I think it's okay and it's no one's fault. Young player should be treated with better care in future and I think that's the lesson to be learnt.

  • Mohi
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:14 PM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Rokibul's decision to quit playing for Bangladesh highlights the selfish nature of our national team players. They forget that they represent their country and petty ego issues do not come into the equation.

  • Ahmad, USA
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:52 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    This is very childish and foolishness for Rakibul to retire from international cricket after being droped from the ODI series against England. He knows that he's a good cricketer, but why retire?

    I think the BCB should reject his resignation letter and order him to withdraw it. Rokibul has hurt Bangladesh badly, and BCB should not sit idely. I would like to see some action against him whether monetary, nationaly, or whatever, the government should intervene and find out the true reason, does he have mental problem that he cannot comprehend?

  • SMJamal
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:50 PM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Please Come back and serve the nation!!


  • Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:27 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Good riddance as far as I am concerned. He was benched in NZ because of lack of form. Cricket should not be a family drama that you quit when you are dropped. You should instead try and perform consistently to be selected. As for Rokibul, how can you be in form but not score runs!!! Think about that. And please dont come back to BCB

  • Ashfaque
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:58 AM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    There must be something wrong inside our national dressing room or in BCB management!!

  • khan ishraq aziz
    Thursday, March 11, 2010 01:08 PM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Mr. Roquibul What do u think of yourself SACHIN OR PONTING? WHAT IS YOUR TEST AND ODI AVERAGE? HOW MANY 100s and 50s you have scored in test matches or ODIs Remember BCI even dropped sachin from 1 day squad.


  • Thursday, March 11, 2010 01:09 PM GMT+06:00 (278 weeks ago)

    Is it the trait of the pople of this land that we do not act mature both personally and professionally?


 

 


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