"If The Wife Works...": Bangladesh Star Bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib's Misogynist Remarks

Bangladesh bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib took the wicket of India captain Rohit Sharma with only his fourth delivery in international cricket.

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A Bangladeshi cricketer rolled himself into controversy after misogynistic social media posts condemning working women, just days after making a brilliant international debut. Bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib took the wicket of India captain Rohit Sharma with only his fourth delivery in international cricket a few days ago in the Asia Cup.

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Tanzim Hasan Sakib has played 12 first-class matches in his short senior career. He also helped Bangladesh win the Under-19 World Cup in 2020. The BCB confirmed that the player is under investigation. "The issue came to our attention. We are looking into the matter," its cricket operations chief Jalal Yunus told AFP.

Women's rights activists and feminists went to war against the player after the misogynist social media posts came to light. "If the wife works, the husband's rights are not ensured," Tanzim posted on Facebook last year.

"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, the veil is ruined. If the wife works, society is ruined,"

Tanzim Hasan Sakib wrote on Social Media

In another post, Tanzim warned men about their wives. He said that their sons don't need a "modest" mother. According to the player, "a woman who is in a free mixing state with her male friends in a university" is not a good influence around her son. The post provoked a huge backlash. A Paris-based writer Jannatun Nayeem Prity pointed out that the Bangladesh team jerseys are mostly staffed by women in factories. "I feel sorry for you that you don't consider your mother a normal human being," she added.

Writer Swakrito Noman described the comments as "deeply offensive". She also demanded the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to question Tanzim for such statements. Journalist Mejbaul Haque added, "The status of such a distorted form of misogyny is unacceptable. No matter how big a star he is."

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