Bangladesh Elections 2024: Shakib Al Hasan loses cool, slaps fan

Netizens allege the altercation occurred a week before the publication of election results.
Bangladesh cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan, who is known for losing his anger on occasion, is back in the news for a variety of reasons, including his most recent outburst, which was caused by a fan.
Aside from winning the country’s last general election, the cricketer was also observed hitting a fan in the throng, apparently while visiting a polling station.
In a viral video, the Bangladeshi cricketer struck the fan during an incident, which netizens allege occurred a week before the election results were published.
The cricketer is also known for his short temper on the field. According to the footage, he was also seen losing off the field when a fan confronted him at what seemed to be a polling place where he had come to vote, with other people encircling him as he left.
While on the field, he was observed fighting aggressively with umpires several times and kicking the stumps once when a ruling was not announced in his favor.
One of his most recent “disgraceful” deeds occurred during last year’s Asia Cup, when he was chastised for having Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews removed “timed out,” something that had never happened in international cricket.
Mathews highlighted his disappointment with Shakib’s actions, saying, “I have two minutes to get to the crease and get myself ready, which I did.” Then there was an equipment malfunction. And I’m not sure where the common sense gone, because it’s clearly disgraceful from Shakib and Bangladesh.”
The cricketer stated that he had “five more seconds to go after my helmet broke off.”
“I wasn’t intending to squander time. I was not attempting to take advantage of anything. “It was simply an equipment malfunction,” Mathews noted.
The Bangladeshi captain earned a seat in the country’s parliament on Sunday after a resounding victory in a general election boycotted by the opposition, according to an official.
The 36-year-old all-rounder, who leads the country in all formats of the game, defeated his challenger by more than 150,000 votes in his constituency in the western town of Magura, according to Abu Naser Beg, the district administrator.
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“It was a landslide victory,” he explained.
The cricketer, a candidate for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League party, has made no immediate remark. Hasina is largely anticipated to win a fifth term after the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted the election.
Shakib, speaking ahead of the election, said he was not facing any major challenges, but told AFP that the battle nevertheless made him nervous.
“The competition and challenges are always there, be it a small team or big team,” he went on to say.
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Shakib’s campaign required him to take a temporary break from cricket.
He has scoffed at the assumption that he will be unable to manage his roles as a legislator and cricket captain.
“Did I retire?” he inquired while campaigning. “If I haven’t retired, then where does this question come from?”
Shakib is the only all-rounder to have been ranked number one in all three forms at the same time by the International Cricket Council.