It's safe to say that Shakib's bombshell has rocked BCB. There have been many reactions to his comments, and Naimur Rahman Durjoy was no exception either. Former skipper and currently the High Performance (HP) Unit chairman Durjoy told the media that Shakib's claims were 'surprising and very much 'unexpected'.
"I am not sure how many players did the BCB HP unit develop in the last four-five years. There are many (on the board) who once represented the Bangladesh team. But I am not sure what they are working on in the board," said Shakib during the Live session with Cricfrenzy a few days ago.
HP unit chairman Naimur following a meeting at BCB president Nazmul Hasan's residence involving few directors, said, "It is unexpected for me, and it should be the same for you. You all know where the HP unit was four or five years back and now. Many U19 cricketers played for HP and the national team. That is open for everyone to see."
"Very recently, BCB HP Unit won all matches against Ireland Wolves. So it is surprising to me that he (Shakib) raises questions when the unit is performing well. I am not sure there is something (intention) behind this," said the former Bangladesh captain.
Despite being a centrally contracted player, Shakib has been one name involved regularly in controversies with the BCB. When quarried if it is the board's failure for such incidents, Naimur said, "As far as I know, a player contracted with the board cannot say against the board. So the board will soon discuss and decide on this on a bigger platform (a board meeting). This is not a big issue for me. Yes, he spoke about HP, and I have the list of players we have developed in the last four-five years. I can show it (to the media) if needed."
Left-arm all-rounder Shakib came under heavy criticism to play the upcoming edition of IPL T20 in April and not the two Tests for Bangladesh against hosts Sri Lanka.
However, Shakib's appearance in the franchise tournament is now in jeopardy following the ongoing controversy. The BCB has decided to rethink allowing the Bangladesh cricketer to participate in the tournament by skipping the Test series against hosts Sri Lanka.