Dhaka, Oct 5: Bangladesh's international cricketer Shahadat Hossain was today remanded in jail by a court here after the pacer, who was absconding for about a month, surrendered before it over allegations of beating and torturing his 11-year-old maid.
Hossain's wife Nritto Shahadat, who is also an accused in the case, was arrested yesterday from her parents' house here.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yusuf Hossain today rejected Hossain's bail petition after he surrendered and remanded him to jail pending further hearings, local media reported.
Hossain's lawyer had pleaded before the court that the pacer was a national hero and should be released on bail as his country needed him on the Bangladesh side.
The 29-year-old cricketer was suspended from all forms of the game by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on September 13 after a case was registered against him under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
Hossain had filed a police complaint on September 6 claiming his housemaid had gone missing. But hours later, the 11-year-old girl was found crying in a street in the capital.
When she was taken to a local police station, she accused the cricketer and his wife of regular torture. Police have said that one of her hands had been burnt with a hot cooking paddle, while other injury marks were also found on her body.
Hossain last played for Bangladesh in May against Pakistan. He went off the field on the first day of first Test with a leg injury.
The BCB had said that the reports of torturing a minor was "utterly embarrassing" and banned the pacer from all forms of cricket until the charges were settled.