BAN vs AFG 2023: The Test match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan has been largely proceeding in Bangladesh‘s favour, much to their supporters’ joy. However, an unsavoury episode on Day 3 marred the generally pleasant atmosphere. A security staff member from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) attacked a journalist, resulting in an immediate and stern response from BCB.
Ismail Haider Mallick, BCB director, swiftly intervened following the incident. He confirmed that the individuals involved in the assault would be prevented from serving in their duties for at least a year. The aggrieved party was Tasfiq Shahriar, a journalist for the Cricfrenzy website. Mallick further assured that BCB is actively engaged in identifying the culprits behind the lamentable act.
The unfortunate event unfolded as Shahriar awaited his accreditation card, a prerequisite for access to the press box. He was stationed at Gate No.1 of the Shere Bangla National Stadium, a common waiting area for journalists. One of the security personnel instructed Shahriar to relocate across the street, which he obediently did. The situation deteriorated from there.
While Shahriar was engaged in a conversation with another journalist, a member of the security team attacked him. This abrupt aggression disrupted the overall harmony of the event, casting a pall over the ongoing Test match.
Such unprofessional behaviour not only tarnishes the reputation of the sport but also raises serious concerns about the safety of those involved. Journalists, being essential pillars of sports coverage, should be provided with a safe and respectful environment to carry out their duties. BCB’s swift action in this regard is commendable and sends a strong message to all involved parties.
It’s crucial that strict action is taken against the perpetrator, with measures put in place to avoid such incidents in the future. Although the BCB’s prompt intervention and promise of punitive measures against the offender are reassuring, this episode still raises questions about security protocols and the treatment of journalists in cricketing venues.
In conclusion, while Bangladesh’s steady performance in the Test match against Afghanistan brings joy to the cricketing community, this incident of assault is a stark reminder of the challenges journalists face while covering these events. The hope now is that the BCB will not only make good on its promise to penalize the culprit but also enforce stricter security measures to ensure the safety and respect of journalists in the future.