She recently returned from the 18th NAM Summit in Baku, Azerbaijan
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will stand beside cricketer Sakib Al Hasan if International Cricket Council (ICC) decides to punish him for not coming forward about the offer from match fixers.
“BCB will support Shakib from every possible way. But it cannot do much if ICC punishes Shakib for his mistakes, but BCB will be by his side,” the premier said on Tuesday.
Sheikh Hasina made the statement while addressing a press conference her just concluded Azerbaijan tour after attending the 18th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), at her Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka.
The prime minister said: “Sakib did not give importance to the offer and that is why he did not share the matter with BCB or ICC and for that, it was his fault.”
Sheikh Hasina attended the NAM summit held from October 25-26 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
On the sidelines of the summit, she also held separate meetings with a number of NAM leaders, including Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Algeria's acting President Abdelkader Bensalah.
During her tour, she also held a bilateral meeting with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev at his Presidential Palace where both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in the years to come for mutual benefit.
After the meeting, Bangladesh signed an instrument with Azerbaijan on cultural assistance to boost cultural ties between the two countries.
Bangladesh State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and Azerbaijan Cultural and Tourism Minister Dr Abulfas Garayev inked the deal on behalf of their respective sides.
The Bangladesh prime minister and the Azerbaijan president witnessed the deal-signing ceremony.