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Shahadat joins Abahani Limited

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) may have lifted his temporary ban on playing in domestic competitions, but disgraced pacer Shahadat Hossain took no time to produce yet another controversy — this time the issue being as to which team he will play for in the ongoing Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL).

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During his suspension period, the 29-year-old pacer used to practice with Mohammedan Sporting Club. But things changed immediately after the BCB lifted his ban. Now Shahadat says he is all set to join Abahani Limited instead of their rivals Mohammedan. As per the pacer’s claim, he was also in touch with Abahani, who needed a pace bowler after they lost out Tapash Baishya to injury.

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Meanwhile, BCB insiders said Abahani too were looking for a pace bowling replacement, as their regular choice Taskin Ahmed could be stopped anytime from playing by the national team management due to his flawed action that needed to be remodeled.

Moreover, Abahani’s other starter Abul Hasan too have been off-form of late, which prompts the club to go after Shahadat. “I am hoping to join them as they were negotiating with me for quite some time,” said Shahadat. However Abahani manager Khaled Mahmud still wasn’t quite sure, “I am not sure whether we can secure his service or not but certainly his inclusion will be helpful for us.”

In the meantime, it is understood that Mohammedan apparently gave up on Shahadat saying technically they have no step to take in such situation. “What can we say if he joins there [Abahani]. Everyone saw what we had done for him during his rehabilitation period. We backed him with some plans in our mind,” said the club’s manager Ziaur Rahman.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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