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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib gets bodyguard after threats


A security personnel escorts Shakib Al Hasan as he leaves the field after a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday. AFP

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Bangladesh cricket star Shakib Al Hasan has been given an armed bodyguard after he was threatened by a man for attending a Hindu ceremony in the Indian city of Kolkat , the country's cricket board said.

The 33-year-old sparked a social media storm in the Muslim-majority nation after attending a ceremony in Kolkata dedicated to a Hindu goddess on Nov.12.

The all-rounder on Monday publicly apologised for being at the event in Kolkata.

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 added, without giving further details.

He did not say if Shakib would receive round-the-clock protection.

An armed bodyguard was seen beside Shakib during a training session in Dhaka on Wednesday ahead of a domestic Twenty20 tournament next week.

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