Shakib, during a promotional activity for one of his endorsed brands dodged most of the questions related to cricket but did not hold back when it came to speaking of Team Bangladesh
All-rounder Shakib al Hasan is optimistic of Bangladesh achieving success in the three-match Twenty20 international series against host Pakistan.
Bangladesh team departed Dhaka Wednesday evening for the tour of Pakistan for the first time in more than a decade.
Shakib, during a promotional activity for one of his endorsed brands dodged most of the questions related to cricket but did not hold back when it came to speaking of Team Bangladesh.
The star all-rounder is currently serving a one-year ban, sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, for failing to report illegal approaches by a listed bookie.
“I would hope everyone will go there [Pakistan] safely and return home well after the series. Obviously, Bangladesh can get success there as Pakistan recently lost the three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka at their home 3-0. So, I think we should also do well,” said Shakib to the media Wednesday.
The last time the @BCBtigers Bangladesh cricket team travelled to @TheRealPCB Pakistan – almost 12 years ago – it was for a series arranged in a hurry.https://t.co/JRIu1ebhG0#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESHCRICKET #BANGLADESH #CRICKET #PAKISTAN #PAKISTANCRICKET #PCB— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) January 21, 2020
Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the first T20I in Lahore Friday.
Since the ban, sighting Shakib in Mirpur has been a rarity.
However, he is in regular touch with national head coach Russell Domingo, the board members and players, informed the former Bangladesh Test and T20I captain.
Media queries were aplenty as to how Shakib is dealing with the ban but the cricketer himself was in no mood to make things public.
“For that you have to wait until I return to the field. If I say I have done a lot of things for the comeback but it’s not proven then it won’t be good and acceptable. Wait for it, if everything goes well you will get the answer,” said Shakib.