In an unexpected turn of events, the Bangladesh cricket team, currently in India for the World Cup, finds itself embroiled in a heated controversy surrounding a public dispute between two of the country’s cricketing icons, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
The disagreement between these two star players has dominated discussions within the cricketing community, drawing the attention of renowned Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle. Bhogle expressed his concerns, stating that such a public spat between two of Bangladesh’s finest players just before a major tournament is far from ideal.
Tamim Iqbal, who was notably absent from the ODI World Cup squad, has faced significant backlash for his exclusion. In response to the criticism, Tamim released a video message just after the Bangladesh team’s departure for the World Cup, claiming that he had been dropped from the team under immense pressure. His grievance was primarily directed towards a high-ranking official of the cricket board.
Shakib Al Hasan, on the other hand, indirectly pointed fingers at the captain and the management during an interview aired on a private TV channel in Bangladesh on Wednesday, September 27. In addition to addressing the Tamim issue, Shakib touched upon various other controversial topics.
Commenting on this ongoing saga, Harsha Bhogle wrote in a post, “Bangladesh has always been a team whose emotions spill over. I don’t think it is ideal for two of their greatest players to have a public spat before a major tournament.”
As the cricketing world watches closely, the tension within the Bangladesh cricket camp continues to escalate, raising questions about the team’s prospects in the upcoming World Cup.