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Former captains hope Shakib will return stronger

  • Published at 11:22 pm October 30th, 2019
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The shock came as a tremor and amid the huge outcry throughout the country, three of Bangladesh’s former captains - Minhajul Abedin Nannu, Akram Khan and Habibul Bashar - who are also working for Bangladesh Cricket Board currently, expressed disappointment but also hoped that the ace all-rounder will return even stronger

Bangladesh cricket received one of the greatest shocks Tuesday as ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, arguably the best player in the country’s history, received a ban from the International Cricket Council for failing to report corrupt approaches from a listed bookie. 

The shock came as a tremor and amid the huge outcry throughout the country, three of Bangladesh’s former captains - Minhajul Abedin Nannu, Akram Khan and Habibul Bashar - who are also working for Bangladesh Cricket Board currently, expressed disappointment but also hoped that the ace all-rounder will return even stronger. 

“The gap will be huge because he is one of the top all-rounders in the world,” said national team’s chief selector Minhajul during a press conference Tuesday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka where they announced the squad for Bangladesh’s forthcoming India tour that begins next week. 

“But we have to go on. We are hurturing some players in HP (High Performance). We will try to cope with the situation. But obviously, it will be very difficult. I am feeling very sad,” added Minhajul.

The ban of Shakib, Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain, came at the worst possible time as the Tigers will play a full-fledged series against India, a rarity for the Tigers, and the selectors had to alter the squad in the last moment.

Akram Khan, the chairman of BCB’s cricket operations committee echoed Minhajul but the former believes Shakib, a very strong personality, will return to cricket as an even better player. 

“I am feeling extremely sad. We have got a full series in India after a long time but we will miss him. He performed very well in the World Cup. He has been in terrific form. I am feeling bad for him and Bangladesh cricket,” said Akram. 

“But I want to see no one else making this sort of mistake. I hope the players who are playing and will play in future will learn a lesson from this. I know Shakib, he is a very strong character, very determined. I know him for a long time. So, I hope he will come back very strong,” added the former player, who captained Bangladesh during the ICC Trophy 1997 triumph that paved the way for the country’s first ever appearance in the World Cup in 1999 and getting the full-member status at ICC. 

Shakib made his Test debut back in 2007 under the captaincy of Bashar and the stylish batsman has observed the career of the all-rounder very closely as he has also been working as a selector since his retirement. 

Bashar, being dumbfounded with the news, did not say a lot but expressed confidence about Shakib returning ever so strong. 

“Saddest day for me,” said Bashar. 

“I am pretty sure, as far as I know Shakib, he will return back very strongly after one year,” he added.