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'BCB didn't pay me any attention'

Retired Bangladesh batsman Rokibul Hasan speaks to the media at his Mirpur residence yesterday after he made the shock announcement on Wednesday. PHOTO: ANISUR RAHMAN

A day after shocking the country with his sudden retirement, batsman Rokibul Hasan confirmed that his grievances against the cricket authorities drove him to this end. But he denied that his emotions got the better of him.

Rokibul, who walked out on the team hotel in Chittagong Wednesday afternoon having announced his decision in front of the Bangladesh team, said that he had taken enough time to come to this conclusion.

He was dropped from the team for the only Test in New Zealand earlier this year after failing in the first one-dayer. Since then, he says, he felt largely deprived.

"I was taken to New Zealand but was not picked for the Test match. Then I was not picked in the one-day side [that played England at home] and I am not in the World Twenty20 probables," said Rokibul outside his Mirpur residence yesterday evening. He delayed his return by a few hours after learning of the media's presence.

The 22-year-old right-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 107 and a half-century in the practice match against England only last week that hastened his return to the Test fold. But he claimed that this was a part of his plan that can only be called a sort of revenge on the cricket board.

"I felt that I wasn't getting enough attention from the cricket board and so I decided to make voluntary retirement once I was back in the team on my merit," said Rokibul in his initial monologue.

"I couldn't secure my position and was always on the fringe of the squad.

"It was my wish to retire at this time," he said before refusing to comment on whether it was emotions that played a major part in his early retirement. He also refused to be drawn into any war of words with captain Shakib Al Hasan who termed it as 'emotional and silly'.

He also informed that he will not take part in domestic cricket for now and still hasn't considered his future before rushing up the stairs.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board released their official version regarding the Rokibul episode yesterday.

"Batsman Rokibul Hasan on Wednesday notified the Bangladesh Cricket Board that he was retiring from cricket with immediate effect. The abrupt nature of this announcement has come as a shock to everyone concerned as this was totally unexpected," read the statement.

"The Board understands that this was a unilateral decision on part of the player but also feels that it was rather pre-mature. We certainly do not wish to see a young talented cricketer like Rokibul leaving the game so early and hope that he will reconsider his position.

"It has also come to our notice that certain quarters have related the situation with Rokibul to the selection process of the BCB. We take this opportunity to reiterate once again that selection of Test, ODI and T20 Teams is based purely on performance and merit and is done at the discretion of the national selection committee which has its own criteria for picking players. Therefore, there is no scope for emotion in this regard.

"Rokibul Hasan is an important member of the Bangladesh National Team and it is our sincere expectation that he will return to mainstream cricket at the earliest," concluded the statement.

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Well done Raquibul Hasan. I wish BCB will pay attention to young players like you.You are a true BENGAL TIGER. Fearless as always.Dont worry God will provide you.You have held your head high in the eyes of God.

: Tushar

It is a bad precedent to give in to this type of childish behavior. It will only lead to more such behavior. The players need to be more professional.

: Shamim


  • Khondkar Saleque
    Friday, March 12, 2010 01:32 AM GMT+06:00 (308 weeks ago)

    Melbourne March 12, 2010 - Would you believe it the youngster who scored an unbeaten century and a sparkling half century over the last three days against England and is only 22 has retired from all form of cricket? He will not be batting for Bangladesh when his team will struggle against England tomorrow in the same venue against same bowlers. Raqibul Hasan (Junior) surprisingly retired from all form of cricket and left Chittagong for Dhaka last night. A real shock and awe for Bangladesh cricket.

    Bangladesh cricket over its two decades as full member of ICC did not earn many laurels. But it has already created several controversies and few scandals. But limited success it achieved made Bangladeshi cricket fans all over the world proud. But the cricket heroes who were architects of these were mostly disgraced and humiliated and very few were given due honour at the end of their careers. Think of Nannu, Bulbul, Rafique, and Sumon all had to make unceremonious exit. It was basically unfair treatment of cricket officials that made most of the leading players to join ICL. Many did not try to dive deep into the allegations those Sumon, Kapali, and Shariar Nafees made when they joined ICL. ICL is a foregone conclusion. That chapter is closed. But yet ICL returnee players are still treated as step sons. Player like Alok Kapali is out of favour. It is not Bangladesh is winning many with present bunch of youngsters. Many players continuing to shine in domestic circuit regularly are not getting fair treatment.

    Recently some of our major players are also getting maltreatment by BCB officials. Mashrafee and Ashraful two of our world class performers of recent times have got unfair treatment. Ashraful is out of form. But definitely test series against England is the correct stage to let him rediscover himself. In the second innings of the 3 day warm up match leading to test match he showed some flashes of his class. He definitely deserved another look much ahead of Junaid Siddiki and Naeem Islam. Siddons calls him diamond. When he sparkles he is a true diamond. But if you do not preserve diamond properly even diamond looses gloss. We once again like to assert that Ashraful should have been rested from New Zealand trip but should definitely have given opportunity to play against England at home.

    Mashrafee is arguably the best fast bowler Bangladesh ever produced. I hope Late Daulat Zaman and my friend Jahangir Shah Badshah will not take exception. He is always 100% committed. He had serious injury problems. But he fought back only due to his total commitment. He was very keen to play all ODIs and rediscover his form. He did not bowl all that bad in 7 overs that he bowled in first ODI. The junior pacers those played in his place in second and third match failed to make impression. But look how a g hero who is still considered to lead Bangladesh was mis handled. It is a tradition that senior players are always talked to by team management about the plan. But Mash was pruned from Second ODI against England without giving him any intimation. Mash is moody a bit sentimental. It hurt him.

    In recent times two youngsters impressed cricket pundits with solid technique and temperament. One is Musfiqur Rahim and the other is Raquibul Hasan. Tamim, Saquib and Ashraful have their own style of play. But Raqibul and Mushfiqur have the potential to give stability to team batting. They have the potential to grow into class batsmen. Usually team management have to have patience with them. Look how Raqibul has been treated .After New Zealand tour he has been dropped from ODI team and was not even considered for T20 world cup. Getting chance to prove himself in 3 day warm up match he slapped on the face of impudent team management. His brilliant hundred and fifty was more than enough to secure his birth in playing eleven. But words got around those certain influential BCB officials instructed selectors not to consider Raqibul and Ashraful. If there is any truth in that both Ashraful and Raqibul have every reason to feel disgraced .The youngster reacted with surprise announcement of retirement from all form of the game.

    I hve witbessed the birth of Bangladesh cricket. We saw Bangladesh cricket through thick and thin in teething time. Raqibul Hasans surprise news this morning reminded me of another incident of Senior Raqibul Hasan my dearest friend. When he was made Captain of Bangladesh team against visting MCC in late seventies some players like Ashraful, Yusuf Babu and Shafiqul Huq Heera refused to play. At that time we had lot of influence over cricket. We changed the situation overnight and next morning all players were in whites. Perhaps Raqibul and Badsha remember what we did on the night before the match. Raqibul Hasan fought his way through. Similarly junior Raqibul must consider this as a bouncer thrown to him. He has technique to hook it over the fence.

    It is my request from Australia to you Raqibul to shrug off your anger. Come back. People will not take any note of Cricket officials who hurt your feelings. But they will admire and adore you. Sky is your limit. Millions of cricket fans want to be entertained by your solid batting. Come on mate get back to action.





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