England's ongoing tour of Bangladesh can be described as 'eventful' to say the least.
After months of doubt over the security situation in the country, followed by the on-field altercation between Jos Buttler on one side and Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman on the other, a new controversy has erupted, with all-rounder Ben Stokes apparently refusing to shake hands with a member of the opposition during a tour match in Chittagong ahead of the Test series.
According to a report in Fox Sports, Stokes was heading for a word with the umpire at the stroke of lunch on day one on Sunday, when Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI batsman Abdul Mazid, who was unbeaten on 92 at that time, approached the all-rounder and stretched his hand out for a handshake.
The New Zealand-born cricketer however refused to acknowledge it and kept walking.
Mazid went on to complete his century, with the BCB XI getting bowled out for 294. Rookie batsmen Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed hammered half-centuries to bolster their individual chances of opening alongside Test skipper Alastair Cook in the upcoming Test series, the first match of which starts on Thursday. England were bowled out for 256, with the fixture ultimately ending in a draw.
This isn't the first time that Stokes has been involved in an altercation in the tour so far. After the controversial second ODI, Stokes had a run-in with Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal during the post-match handshakes.
Stokes alleged that Iqbal's shoulder push on English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was what led to the confrontation.
Bangladesh captain Mortaza and teammate Rahman were both fined 20 percent of their match fees after their spat with Buttler, with the English ODI captain getting reprimanded for his role in the controversy.
England clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1 after winning the final ODI by four wickets in Chittagong.
Watch Ben Stokes ignoring Bangladeshi cricketer's handshake below:
First Published On : Oct 18, 2016 17:53 IST