New Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the country’s cricket board has offered support to Bangladesh Test and T20I captain and star all rounder Shakib Al Hasan in his difficult period. Hasan was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for 2 years due to his failure to report corrupt approaches by an Indian bookie on numerous occasions in the recent past.
The ICC had handed him a two-year ban (one of which is suspended) with effect from October 29. He can return to international cricket only from October 2020 which means he will be missing the Indian Premier League and T20 World Cup next year. However, he escaped the maximum punishment of 5 years after he accepted all 3 charges.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan softened his stance on the star cricketer after his earlier disappointment at his attitude over missing practice matches and leading the recent player’s strike.
On the other hand, PM Hasina was quoted saying in a local news channel, “It’s clear that Shakib has made a mistake and he’s realised that. There’s nothing much the government can do about the ICC’s decision but BCB will stand by him.” Shakib Al Hasan has been occupying top international ranking for quite some time for his dominating performance with both bat and ball in international matches including the 2019 World Cup.