Extra security for Shakib
Many in the country have showed dissatisfactions over Shakib Al Hasan’s participation in the Diwali celebrations in Kolkata. The frustration of some of the fans has become clear in the news on social media and various media outlets.
Extremist supporters are regularly threatening Shakib. Therefore, additional security measures have been taken for the protection of the Bangladesh ace all-rounder.
Bangabandhu T20 Cup is scheduled to start from November 24 in Mirpur. Shakib will play for Gemcon Khulna in this five-team tournament. Shakib will be back in competitive cricket with this tournament after ICC’s 1-year ban. For the tournament, he is practicing at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
An armed security guard, named Mohammad Motaleb, has been seen on the field during Shakib’s practice on Wednesday (November 18th). This extra security has been provided at the initiative of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Motaleb is retired soldier of Bangladesh corps.
He has been appointed by BCB to protect Shakib from Tuesday (November 17). He is responsible for bringing Shakib from home to the field and from the field to the home. He’s been also staying in practice session of Shakib. He’s also got a short gun with him.
Before Shakib, Mohammad Motaleb was also in charge of the security of BCB head coach Russell Domingo.
Describing the recent incidents with Shakib as’ worrying ‘, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, “Of course the matter is worrying. Such a thing can never be expected. We took immediate action after knowing that. We informed Government’s relevant law enforcement agencies. You see, they have taken action as soon as possible.”
Since the BCB President’s Cup, players have been out of the bio-bubble, roaming like themselves. The chief executive said, “We have restrictions in the tournament. Now the players and staff have to be in the bio-bubble. As you can see in the BCB President’s Cup, that’s how we did it. Now as the players are in a bit of a jolly mood, when the tournament starts, we will put them back in the bio-bubble environment.”
A young man from Sylhet recently threatened to kill Shakib on Facebook live over his visit to Kolkata. He was also arrested from Sunamganj after filing a case under the Digital Security Act.