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BANGLADESH all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been handed a three-match ban and a $4,000 fine for what the country’s cricket board has dubbed “unbecoming behaviour”.

Shakib attracted the ire of the Bangladesh Cricket Board by making an “inappropriate gesture on live television” during the second ODI in their series at home against Sri Lanka.

The 26-year-old, who played in the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers, had just returned to his team’s rooms after being dismissed for 24.

Initially, the live broadcast showed a shot of Shakib sitting in the Bangladesh team’s viewing area.

As the commentators criticised how he got out while watching a replay, one saying he had “thrown his wicket away”, the broadcast cut back to the shot showing Shakib, who then gestured towards his groin and then at the camera.

The footage was also reportedly shown on the big screens around the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

“Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been penalised for breaching the BCB Code of Conduct,” the board said in a statement.

“Shakib appeared at a disciplinary hearing of the BCB today and admitted the offence and accepted responsibility for the act.”

BCB’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said: “Shakib was repentant for the incident and readily accepted that the behavior was unbecoming of a player of his experience and stature.

“We also reminded him that his action was unacceptable.”

The penalty will see Shakib miss the final game in Bangladesh’s ODI series against India, as well as the team’s first two Asia Cup matches.

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