Cricketer Tanzim Gets Severe Criticism For Misogynist Remarks

Bangladeshi Pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib || Photo: Collected

Bangladeshi Pacer Tanzim Hasan Sakib || Photo: Collected

Tanzim Hasan Shakib has been involved in controversy due to hateful posts on social media about jobholder women. The young right-arm pacer of Bangladesh has come under severe criticism just a few days after his debut in international cricket.

Tanzim took the wicket of Indian captain Rohit Sharma in his second valid delivery in the first ODI in Colombo last Friday. After that, he bowled well in the last over of the Asia Cup Super-Four match to overcome the nervous pressure. In the end, the Bangladesh team defeated the neighboring India by 6 runs in that match.

The 20-year-old Tanzim was showered with praise for his performance on the cricket field. However, after some of his offensive posts went viral on social media, women's rights activists and feminists started criticizing him.

Tanzim posted on Facebook last year, "If the wife works, the husband's rights are not ensured; If the wife works, the child's rights are not ensured; If the wife works, her elegance is damaged; If the wife works, the family is ruined; If the wife works, her cover is exposed; If the wife works, society is ruined."

Much of Bangladesh's economic growth in recent years has been driven by garment workers, the majority of whom are women. However conservative patriarchal attitudes are still widespread in this Muslim-majority country.

In another post, Tanzim warned men that their sons would not have a "modest" mother if they married "a woman who is accustomed to free mixing with her male friends in varsity hangouts".

Because of these remarks, Tanzim is being severely criticized. Paris-based feminist writer Jannatun Nayeem Prity pointed out that most of the workers in the factories where the Bangladesh team's jerseys are made are women.

She also said, 'I feel sorry for you that you don't think of your mother as a normal person,'.

In a widely shared Facebook post, author Swakrit Noman called Tanzim's remarks 'highly offensive, offensive and reprehensible'. He wrote, 'BCB should ask Tanzim for these objectionable comments. If he can't answer, he must apologize for these offensive comments.'

Journalist Mejbah-ul-Haq said, 'Such a distorted form of misogyny is completely unacceptable. No matter how big star he is!'

BCB, Bangladesh's highest cricket governing body, they are investigating this.

'The matter has come to our attention. We are looking into it," BCB head of cricket operations Jalal Yunus told the media.

Tanzim contributed to Bangladesh's first U-19 World Cup title in 2020. He has played 12 first-class matches so far in his short career at the top level.

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