Nasir Hossain’s Ban: A Blow to Bangladesh Cricket
Dark Days for a Promising Talent
In a dramatic turn of events, Nasir Hossain, the once-celebrated allrounder of the Bangladesh cricket team, finds himself sidelined from the sport. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has imposed a two-year ban on Hossain, effectively barring him from all cricket activities until April 2025. This sanction follows his breach of the Emirates Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code during the 2020-21 Abu Dhabi T10 League.
A Series of Unfortunate Missteps
The downfall of Hossain, a player who represented Bangladesh in 19 Tests, 65 ODIs, and 31 T20Is, began with his involvement with the Pune Devils franchise. Alongside seven others, Hossain was charged by the ICC in September 2023. He admitted to three charges, leading to his ban, with six months suspended.
Breaching Anti-Corruption Protocols
The crux of the charges against Hossain revolved around failing to uphold the integrity of the sport. The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit accused him of not reporting the receipt of an iPhone 12, valued at over $750. This breach was compounded by his failure to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct via the same iPhone and his reluctance to cooperate fully with the ensuing investigation.
A Career in Limbo
Hossain’s last appearance for Bangladesh was in January 2018. However, he remained active in domestic cricket until May 2023. His absence will be a significant blow to Bangladesh cricket, as they lose a player once seen as a key figure in their lineup.