Bangladesh's paceman Shahadat Hossain temporarily suspended

Dhaka, Sep 14: Bangladesh's fast bowler Shahadat Hossain has been suspended from playing for alleged criminal offences which are investigated by the police.

On Sunday (September 13), the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said Hossain was temporarily suspended. According to media reports, the bowler is accused of torturing a 11-year-old housemaid.

File photo of Shahadat Hossain celebrating a wicket in a Test match

"The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has temporarily suspended cricketer Kazi Shahadat Hossain from participating in any activity under the Board's jurisdiction including playing in competitions and using facilities for training and rehabilitation," a media release from BCB said.

"The BCB's decision was prompted by recent reports of alleged criminal offences involving the player which are being investigated by the police," it added.

BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said, "We have taken the usual route in dealing with such matters. The BCB has a zero tolerance policy on acts of indiscretion by registered cricket players and we have noted the serious allegations against Shahadat.

"We will not try to draw conclusions as this matter is still being investigated. However, he will not be allowed to play in BCB events or train with BCB support until further notice because the accusations have embarrassed the Board."

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