Physical altercations between cricketers and fans are strongly discouraged and condemned in the first place. The cricketers must maintain a high level of sportsmanship and professionalism, even in the face of vexation or criticism from the fans. In case, a cricketer were to cross his limits and engage in a physical altercation with fans, it would likely be considered a violation of conduct and disciplinary measures, may be taken by the respective cricket body.
Case in point, Bangladesh’s veteran cricketer, Shakib Al Hasan made the headlines for the wrong reason. The experienced campaigner crossed his limits by slapping a fan during a political rally and the video clip of the same has spread like wildfire on social media. According to the video clip, the cricketer was accidentally pushed by the crowd, which triggered him to come up with an angry response to one of his fans.
Shakib Al Hasan angrily delivers a tight slap to a fan
If reports doing the rounds are to be believed, the unexpected incident took place at a polling station where the Bangladesh captain had arrived to cast his vote. Since there was no security personnel to manage crowds and ensure the cricketer’s safety, there was no barrier between him and the noisy crowd. This led to a chaotic situation where Shakib lost his cool and slapped a fan.
Shakib Al Hasan slapped a fan..!pic.twitter.com/KaUbabgkCX
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 7, 2024
However, the details of the fan’s actions that triggered the all-rounder remain unclear from the footage. The incident occurred before the cricketer won the Parliament elections. This isn’t the first time that Shakib Al Hasan made the headlines for his temper. He has had a history of disciplinary issues that have garnered attention in the cricketing fraternity.
Even on the field, he has often confronted the on-field umpires. Besides that, he has even kicked the stumps in frustration in Dhaka Premier League, a couple of years ago. On the contrary, Shakib Al Hasan has been one of the pillars in the history of Bangladesh cricket. He scored 4454 runs in Tests, 7570 runs in ODIs and 2382 runs in T20Is whereas he has taken 233, 317 and 140 wickets in the respective formats.