DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh cricketer Rubel Hossain, who has been named in the country’s World Cup squad, was behind bars Thursday after being remanded in custody over allegations that he raped an actress.
A magistrate in the capital Dhaka delivered the order after 19-year-old Naznin Akter Happy lodged a complaint of “rape” and a “false promise of marriage” against the cricketer last month.
The court’s decision puts a huge question mark over the 24-year-old’s appearance in the next month’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after selectors picked him in the 15-man squad last weekend.
“The metropolitan magistrate court rejected his bail plea… He was sent to prison pending the next hearing of the case,” deputy commissioner of Dhaka police Anisur Rahman told AFP.
No date has been set for the next hearing.