All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has just finished his one-year ban a few days ago. He returned home last night after spending time with his family in the USA. He was supposed to quarantine himself for 14 days, or at least take rest for a few days, but Shakib did not care for any of those and gave birth to just another controversy on his return.
In less than 24 hours after his return from the USA, Shakib was found busy attending an inauguration ceremony of a super shop in the Gulshan area in the capital city.
The program was attended by several hundred people. Many were without masks and hardly cared for social distancing, approached Shakib for photographs.
Dr Habibur Rahman, the spokesperson for Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said if anyone comes out of the home during two-week quarantine period, he/she would break quarantine rules.
Shakib did not even take a day to break the rules. Such careless activity coming from an iconic figure from Shakib during this pandemic has raised concerns, and rightly so.
There have been a number of cases where people coming from abroad did not abide by the quarantine rules and then spread the coronavirus. The fear of the second wave is acute, and such activities only help the arrival of the second wave.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) though, rejected to take any responsibility for Shakib's action. Akram Khan, the BCB director and chairman of the cricket operations committee, said that the players are not in biobubble right now, so whatever they do is their own responsibility.
"We cannot take the responsibility for this," said Akram to the media on Friday.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, however, said that Shakib will be under the health guidelines of the board once he consults with the BCB medical team.
Joy Super-Shop is a concern of the Unilife group. Khaledur Rahman Sany, the chairman of the company, told the reporters that they did everything following the health protocol and they contacted the health department verbally 2-3 days ago.
Shakib Al Hasan has lived with controversies all through his career. It was expected that he would at least stay away from these for a while after completing a year-long ban. But apparently, Shakib will be Shakib!