Bangladesh Asia Cup Star Tanzim Hasan Sakib Under Fire For Misogynist Remarks
Tanzim Hasan Sakib in action at Asia Cup 2023 (AP Photo)
Bangladesh speedster Tanzim Hasan Sakib shot himself to stardom after his sparkling international debut against India in the recently concluded 2023 Asia Cup. The 20-year-old dismissed Indian captain Rohit Sharma for a duck in only the second ball of his Bangladesh career, and later returned to deliver a tight final over to secure a thrilling six-run win for his side.
Despite his dream debut against eventual Asia Cup 2023 winners India, Sakib seems to have landed himself in hot waters courtesy of his past misogynistic remarks on social media.
Tanzim Sakib draws backlash from women's rights activists
In a series of controversial Facebook posts, Tanzim Hasan Sakib has made numerous derogatory remarks about working women. Soon after his match-winning spell against India, some of his misogynist comments resurfaced on social media, thus drawing much criticisms from several women’s rights activists.
"If the wife works, the husband's rights are not ensured," Tanzim Sakib wrote on Facebook last year."If the wife works, her elegance is damaged. If the wife works, the family is ruined. If the wife works, society is ruined."
Jannatun Nayeem Prity, a Paris-based feminist writer and journalist Mejbaul Haque both lambasted the emerging star for his controversial statements. Writer Swakrito Noman also tore into the pacer and demanded the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to look into the matter.
BCB Cricket Operations Chief Jalal Yunus acknowledged the same and confirmed that they are actively investigating the same. He said:
"The issue has come to our attention. We are looking into the matter."
Tanzim Hasan Sakib was one of the members of Bangladesh’s Under-19 World Cup 2020 win in South Africa. He also plays Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches for Sylhet Strikers. So far, he has featured in 38 List A games and 12 first-class fixtures in his short career.