The inaugural season of Masters Cricket Carnival is set to commence on the first of September. But the tournament has been marred by huge controversy even before the live action rolling onto the ground with the potential participation of a player who received lifetime ban from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). [Read in Bangla: প্রশ্নবিদ্ধ হল এমসিসি]
Through the players’ draft, squads of all six participating teams were finalized at BCB’s media center on Tuesday. Players with at least five years of experience in Dhaka Premier League were eligible for the draft.
And in the players’ draft, a cricketer called Shariful Haque Plabon was drafted to Rajshahi Stars. But he was banned by BCB in 2012 as he reportedly approached to Mashrafe Bin Mortaza with spot fixing proposal prior to the first season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
At that time, BCB took the matter very seriously, and after investigation, Plabon was proved guilty and received lifetime ban from BCB, which shut the door before him to participate in any kind of domestic cricket competition under BCB’ss jurisdiction.
When queried about the matter, Khaled Mahmud Sujon, one of the organizers of the Masters Cricket Carnival and also the skipper of Dhaka Metro Masters, said: “Actually it’s not a BCB tournament. So we didn’t consider the matter in that way. Still we will take BCB’s advice and then take a final decision.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com