Dhaka: Bangladesh cricket star Shakib Al Hasan has been given an armed bodyguard after he was threatened by Islamists for attending a Hindu ceremony in neighbouring India, the country’s cricket board said Wednesday.
The cricketer is the latest target of Islamists in Bangladesh, who have also held large anti-France rallies in recent weeks following president Emmanuel Macron’s defence of the right to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
The 33-year-old sparked a social media storm in the Muslim-majority nation after inaugurating a Kali Puja in Kolkata on November 12.
A man who threatened Shakib on social media for “hurting religious sentiment” was arrested by police on Tuesday.
“The threat is concerning,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters in Dhaka.
“We took immediate measures and also informed the relevant security agencies. They are also taking necessary steps,” Chowdhury.