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Shakib Al Hasan has attended a BCB hearing
over an alleged altercation between him and a spec-
tator during the first ODI against India in Mirpur
last Sunday. The incident is believed to have taken
place during the rain break, when Shakib allegedly
had a row with a man who was apparently harassing
BCB directors Akram Khan and Jalal Yunus, and
acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury were present
to hear Shakib s version of the events. While Shakib
insisted that he had not hit the spectator, he could
still be punished for leaving the team dressing room
during the course of an international match. The
board will inform him of its decision once it receives
the manager s report.
"I left the dressing-room and that is against the
rules," Shakib said. "However, I was not aware of
that rule. So from that point, I do have a fault but
let s see what happens and wait for the decision. I
don t regret it. I did not raise my hand. There were
others, there was security, but I did not raise my
hand. But yes, I was there."
The man in question was arrested by police on
Wednesday, but granted bail the following day.
Shakib said he would pursue the case. "I will con-
tinue with the case. I heard that in the case of eve-
teasing there is no bail, so I don t know how that
boy got bail. I am serious about this issue. I think
an example needs to be set. It [eve-teasing] happens
a lot in Bangladesh. This should be an example."
Sri Lanka s slow-bowling allrounder Kaushal
Lokuarachchi has said that he will appeal the sever-
ity of the 18-month ban handed down by the
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) anti-corruption
tribunal on Wednesday. The appeal will largely
hinge on Lokuarachchi s claim that the spot-fixing
approach he failed to report was made by a team
official, and not a known bookmaker.
"It was not a bookie who approached me, but an
official in the team who provided me accommodation,"
Lokuarachchi told Ceylon Today. "So I kept mum.
I m quite ready to accept the punishment if I had
been approached by a bookie and I kept silent. But
it was an official of the team."
Lokuarachchi said that an element of fear con-
tributed to his failure to report the approach, which
he said occurred in the hours leading up to Gladiators
match against Chittagong Kings, on February 2, 2013.
He had pleaded guilty to the charge from the outset
of legal proceedings.
"[The team official] asked me to give away 14 runs
off the 17th over to be bowled by me," Lokuarachchi
said. "I straightaway said no . Then another team
official approached me and asked me to do it. I again
said no .
"In the dressing room another team official threat-
ened me and said I should not tell anyone what hap-
pened. Naturally I was very upset."
Both Lokuarachchi and his lawyer Dinal Philips
expressed discontent about the tribunal process.
Philips said the sentence was "a shocker" considering
Lokuarachchi co-operated with the ICC. "The pun-
ishment is excessive for a first time offender," Philips
Philips said Lokuarachchi would now have to await
the verdict, which will shed light on the reasoning
behind the severity of his client s sentence. They will
then have 21 days within which to launch an appeal.
BCB hearing over
LEEDS---Sam Robson hit his maiden
Test century before England lost three
wickets for three runs yesterday to finish
the second day on 320-6 in its first
innings with a 63-run lead over Sri Lanka
in the second Test.
The 24-year old Robson went to tea on
98 and had to wait to reach a disciplined
century from 220 balls and 11 fours.
"It s pretty incredible. A special day,"
Robson said of his 127. "I got off to a bit
of a start last night and wanted to fight
hard this morning to get us into a decent
While Robson answered his critics with
a century after making a combined 20 on
his debut in the first Test, his opening bat-
ting partner and captain Alastair Cook did
not. He went for 17 to Dhammika Prasad,
15 minutes after England had begun
increasing its overnight total of 36-0 at
Headingley in reply to Sri Lanka s 257.
Cook played at a delivery across him
from Prasad that should have been ignored
and edged through to Kumar Sangakkara
at first slip. He only added three runs to
his own overnight score.
Ballance came out and alongside Robson
put on 142 for the second wicket, before
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews got his
first dismissal of the day shortly before
tea. He enticed an edge from Ballance on
74, with wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal
taking the catch.
Nuwan Pradeep removed Robson with
a new ball delivery that weaved back inside
to crash into off stump. Ian Bell, who had
brought up his 41st test half century on
his 100th England appearance, then became
Shaminda Eranga s first wicket of the day.
He edged through to Chandimal, and it
was a dismissal that rejuvenated Sri Lanka s
bowling attack as England went from 311-
3 to 313-6.
Joe Root, who had made 13, went next
with the score still on 311. Chandimal again
took the catch, this time for his captain
Moeen Ali followed after contributing
only two runs, edging the lively Eranga
behind for Chandimal s third catch of the
Mathews could have had a third wicket,
but missed a tough caught and bowled
opportunity to remove Matt Prior on 0.
He managed to get his right hand to a low
shot from Prior, but could not grasp it
with his body weight going to his left.
Prior (3) and Chris Jordan (4) made it
to stumps at the crease but Robson pre-
dicted England will strengthen its lead
"Losing a few wickets at the end can
happen with a new ball," he said. "We re
really positive, we re happy with the day.
If we can bat well tomorrow morning and
get through that early period, we will be
confident of winning this match." (AP)
England's Sam Robson, left, reaches a century (127) with this run watched by Sri Lanka Dhammika Prasad, middle, during the second Test
match at Headingley cricket ground, Leeds, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Robson century puts
England in control
Sri Lanka 1st Inns 257
England 1st Inns
A Cook c Sangakkara b Prasad ..............17
S Robson b Pradeep ...................................127
G Ballance c Chandimal b Mathews ..74
I Bell c Chandimal b Eranga .....................64
J Root c Chandimal b Mathews ............13
M Ali c Chandimal b Eranga .......................2
M Prior not out ....................................................3
C Jordan not out ................................................4
Extras: (11nb, 3w 2lb) ...................................16
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets) ............................320
Fall of wicket: 1-49, 2-191, 3-278, 4-311,
To bat: Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett,
Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 22-3-90-1,
Shaminda Eranga 27-10-63-2, Rangana
Herath 25-3-61-0, Dhammika Prasad
20-3-75-1, Angelo Mathews 10-3-29-2.
Umpires: Billy Bowden, New Zealand,
and Steve Davis, Australia.
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel, Australia.
Match referee: Andy Pycroft,
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