East London Casino Gets Bangladeshi Cricket Players in Hot Water

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east-london-casino-gets-bangladeshi-cricket-players-in-hot-waterCrickbuzz reports that Bangladeshi cricket players landed themselves in hot water after they broke team rules while visiting South Africa. The three cricketers face a disciplinary hearing by the Bangladesh Cricket Board after they were spotted at a casino in East London on the night that their team lost the third and final ODI against South Africa last week.

Nasser Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam will all be investigated, according to BCB president Nazmul Hasan.

“We will definitely investigate the matter and appropriate action,” said Hasan. “Let us get the report from the team management after the tour. If it was a matter of one player we could have taken a drastic step, but as there are three cricketers involved, we need some time.”

According to Hasan, the players returned to their hotel rooms at 10:34 pm on a night when everyone was expected to be back in the rooms by 10 pm.

“It was a mistake and we will look into it but what I learned they did not gamble and only had some food at the place,” he said. Hasan said that the players went to a nearby shopping mall where they met AB de Villiers and Rabada, before heading to the casino. “There were some machines placed in that place to play games,” he said, reiterating that no gambling took place.

While the name of the East London casino is not mentioned in the Crickbuzz report, it is safe to assume that the players visited Hemingways Casino owned by Tsogo Sun. This casino is inspired by the Key West home belonging to the famous author, Ernst Hemingway and offers visitors movies, casino gaming, live entertainment and shopping opportunities, and it is easy to understand the appeal of this complex.

There are over 500 slot machines on the premises of Hemingways Casino, as well as a large selection of table games such as American Roulette, blackjack and poker. Players can visit the main casino floor, a smoking casino or the exclusive Salon Prive. Visitors can stay at the Southern Sun Hemingways, the on-site four star hotel that is rated one of the top places of accommodation in the Eastern Cape.

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