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Cricketer Shahadat Hossain on run from police

40Bangladesh bowler Shahadat Hossain and his wife have now been missing for five days following allegations that they abused and tortured an 11-year-old maid who was working for them.

It was reported on Sunday that the girl was in hospital after she was found on the streets of Dhaka.

She had worked for Hossain and his wife for a year. Doctors said she had extensive injuries indicating abuse.

Police have registered a case against the 29-year-old bowler.

Who is Shahadat Hossain?

Hossain is a medium-fast bowler who is arguably Bangladesh’s most famous player. He has played for the Tigers since 2005.

He has taken 70 wickets in 36 Tests and 47 wickets in 79 one-day internationals, with best figures of 6-27. Domestically, he plays for Dhaka Division.

Hossain last played for Bangladesh in a Test match against Pakistan in May, when he twisted his right knee and was ruled out action for six months.

He was the first Bangladesh player to have his name added to the Lord’s honours board when he took 5-98 against England in May 2010.

Why are police looking for him?

Initially, Hossain went to the police on Sunday, claiming his maid had gone missing.

However, when the girl was taken to police after being found alone later that day, she told them that she had been suffered torture and abuse from Hossain and his wife since they had hired her.

Doctors say the girl had extensive injuries indicating abuse, including a broken leg and a black eye.

When the police went to the couple’s house to question them, neither was there.

What are the police doing?

The police officer in charge of the investigation told the BBC’s Bengali Service that they had conducted several raids, and the couple remain in hiding.

The officer denied reports in local media that they had appealed to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for help tracking down Hossain, or that they had asked for Hossain’s Bangladesh and Dhaka Division team-mates to alert them if he gets in touch.

What do the BCB say?

The BCB’s chief executive Nizam Uddin Chowdhury has said the board is “utterly embarrassed” by the events, and that to have such allegations made against one of the country’s top cricketers is “very uncomfortable”.

He also said that “such things are not expected from a senior cricketer”, before adding that he did not want to make any judgements until he had heard Hossain’s version of events.

The Board insists that it does not know where Hossain is, that he has not been in touch with them, and that the law must now be allowed to take its own course.
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