Bangladesh Skipper Mortaza comes under fire ahead of crucial match against Pakistan

DHAKA - A top Bangladesh doctor said on Sunday that he had been moved to a remote rural clinic after criticising the country's cricket captain Mashrafe Mortaza on social media.

Rezaul Karim, a child cancer specialist, was posted to the southeastern district of Rangamati weeks after criticising Mortaza on Facebook.

"I have been transferred to Rangamati Medical College which doesn't have any cancer treatment facilities. This seems to me an unnatural process," he told AFP.

Mohsin Uddin, a deputy secretary of the country's health ministry who signed the transfer order, said it was "only an administrative decision", and rejected any suggestion it was a punishment.

A social media row started after Mortaza, the country's most popular sportsman and a member of parliament for the ruling party, visited a state-run hospital in his rural constituency and became infuriated when he found several doctors absent.

A video of Mashrafe criticising one senior doctor by telephone went viral on social media.

Karim said he was one of six doctors served notice by the country's health ministry after writing a Facebook post criticising Mortaza for "taking pleasure in bowling Bangladeshi doctors".

Two months later he was ordered to remote Rangamati, where a low-intensity tribal insurgency has simmered for decades.

Karim's sudden transfer from a cancer facility in Chittagong has also grabbed local media headlines.

Bengali daily Manabjamin said the transfer was a consequence of Karim's "disrespectful" Facebook remark against Bangladesh skipper, who enjoys enormous popularity in cricket-mad Bangladesh.

Mortaza is currently in England taking part in the World Cup. -APP/AFP