On Tuesday, Shakib signed an agreement with the national team’s former sponsors, Grameenphone. Shakib joined Grameenphone as an ambassador to help GP’s mission to inspire and build an efficient digital Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) issued a letter to Shakib Al Hasan yesterday. In the letter, BCB invalidates Shakib’s contract with GP and asking him to show cause as he made a deal with GP without informing the board.
Nizamuddin Chowdhury (The CEO of BCB) said Shakib can not sign this deal for two reasons.
- Firstly, all players must get clearance from the board before signing any commercial endorsement. And it is clearly mentioned in one of the clauses in the players’ central contracts.
- Secondly, there is a written memo through which all players were advised to discuss with the board before signing any deal with any telecom company.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan also blew the whistle on similar sentiments. He claimed Shakib’s contract with GP is illegal. According to him, the telecom company and the player, both parties are aware of it.
Then again, they signed the contract. So, the board gave him a chance to clarify why he did it at first. As a result, they sent Shakib the letter of show cause. Hassan informed the reporters about all these at Mirpur.
Earlier in the day, Shakib met with Nizamuddin at the BCB office in Mirpur regarding Shakib’s contract with GP. And he came out of the meeting in a rather relaxed mood at noon before joining the national team on their second day of the training camp in preparation for the tour of India next month.
Shakib will definitely cover the way for GP to communicate its core mission. GP’s mission to empower the country and its population will get a rapid growth with its new brand ambassador.
However, the controversy shook nerves after BCB took legal action. As a result, Shakib’s deal with Grameenohone might get nullified. But what will happen? No one knows yet.