Cricket is called the Gentleman’s game and the game has for long been known to go by the rules of the game laid down by MCC. Cricket for the last few decades has seen the game being bought into repute. Be it the match fixing or any such underhand and shady dealings or the doping or age fudging. The ICC though have always laid down the law when the players err and hand out punishments deemed fit for the crime. Recently one such cricketer from Bangladesh has been given a strict punishment by the ICC.
The story as it happened –
21 year old Shoriful Islam is a left arm pacer from Bangladesh and the ICC have banned him for 10 months. The reason being the 21 year old pacer had made a breach of one of the laws of ICC. Shoriful had give a sample of his urine on 4th March this year, once it was tested there were traces of banned substance found. The substance in this case being Clomefene, which comes under one of the banned substance list of WADA. Shorfiul has accepted the punishment and has been banned for 10 months and his ban ends on the 28th March, 2023.
Shoriful’s cricket career in a nutshell –
Shorfiul made his test debut in 2021 away to Sri Lanka and picked just a single wicket in the game and scored no runs. In all he has played 5 tests and picked 8 wickets with the ball and has scored 38 runs with the bat with a best of 26. In 12 ODI games he has picked 18 wickets with a best of 4/34. He has also played 22 T20 games and picked 27 wickets with an economy of 7.6 runs per over.
Shoriful Last played in the 2nd ODI against West Indies where picked a wicket and gave away 9 runs as Bangladesh won the game and the series. West Indies were bowled out for a mere 108 as Bangladesh chased down the score in the 21st over. Shoriful had picked 4 wickets for 34 runs in the 1st ODI which is his career best figures for Bangladesh.