POST TIME: 31 October, 2019 12:45:01 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 31 October, 2019 01:55:18 AM
Current, ex-Bangladesh players stand by Shakib
Unbelievable, says shocked Rahul Dravid; Vaughan, Ramiz, Styris support ban

Current, ex-Bangladesh players stand by Shakib

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selectors Minhazul Abedin Nannu, Habibul Bashar Sumon and BCB cricket Operations Committee Chairman Akram Khan along with national team players backed Shakib Al Hasan. They also pledged to stand beside him hoping that the No.1 ranked ODI all-rounder would come back stronger after his ICC ban. In his reaction as a former captain, Nannu told the journalists, “Obviously, it’s a huge setback for us. we’ll miss the country’s best player for a year. It’s so sad to feel that,” he said of Shakib.

When asked how the Board will fill the void in Shakib’s gap following his suspension, he said, “Surely it will be a huge gap as he is the world’s best all-rounder. We’re nursing many HP players and will try to fill the gap finding a good player.”

Akram Khan in his reaction said, “It’s a matter of sorrow that we are going to miss him in the upcoming series. No doubt, he was in good form and played really good cricket in the World Cup. For Bangladesh cricket and for him, I feel brokenhearted. But I want no one to make such mistake. Those playing should concentrate on cricket. Since Shakib is mentally very strong, I hope he’ll come back soon in cricket,” added Khan. As an ex-captain Habibul Bashar Sumon said, “The saddest day of cricket for me. But I’m pretty sure that as far as I know Shakib personally, he will come back hard after a year.” Among the current crop of players, ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarker, Liton Kumar Das, Mustafizur Rahman and Sabbir Rahman extended their support to Shakib for his quick return to the field.

Mashrafe, in his Facebook post, expressed deep shock with a hope for Shakib to lead the national side to ICC’s 2023 World Cup final.

“I will definitely have some sleepless nights after feeling the recent incident of my comrade for 13 years. But after few days I can also sleep in peace knowing well that he will lead us to the final of the 2023 World Cup. Because, the name is Shakib Al Hasan!!!” Mashrafe posted on his Facebook page. Tamim Iqbal, who pulled himself out of the upcoming India tour due to family reasons, posted on Facebook, “It is hard to imagine not having you by our side for 12 months, but Shakib Al Hasan, I wish you come back strongly, and come this day next year, we will all be training and playing together.”

“Age level.. international...over 18 years of playing cricket together...very sad to even think about playing without you on the field. Hoping that you comeback soon like a champ. You always have my support, and whole of Bangladesh. Stay strong Inshaallah,” Mushfiqur Rahim posted on his Facebook page.

Newly-elected captain for the T20I series against India, Mahmudullah Riyad posted on Facebook, “Extremely heart-broken. This man is the one and only. Love you brother. You are the pride of Bangladesh. Hoping that you comeback soon like a champ. You always have my support, and whole of Bangladesh. Stay strong inshallah...”

Mohammad Saifuddin posted on Facebook, “Such a devastating news for Bangladesh cricket! Shakib Al Hasan bhai, we are sending all our love & forces to you – we are with you! Make your comeback even better & stronger as you always do.”

Left-handed batsman Soumya Sarker wrote on his Facebook page, “At 22 yards, in dressing room, in the team bus or in the team hotel, your vacancy is never ever desirable for us. I don’t know what to say or write in this situation. I just believe it, you will be back with more than maturity ever. Because, you are Shakib Al Hasan.”

Mustafizur Rahman wrote, “Don’t know what should I say! Still I can’t (be) able to believe that we have to play without you. But I know and believe one thing that you will definitely comeback strongly. We will be waiting for the day Shakib bhai. #WeAreWithShakib.” Sabbir Rahman, on his Facebook page, wrote, “Very sad to even think Bangladesh cricket without you brother. I hope you come back stronger than ever. My prayers are always with you!”

Liton Kumar Das wrote, “You are the best. You will come back strongly.”

Other than the cricketers, Bangladesh football team captain Jamal Bhuyian also stood beside Shakib saying that “It’s harsh to hear the world’s number 1 all-rounder getting banned from cricket for at least one year. Stay strong Shakib Al Hasan.”

Former India national team captain Rahul Dravid expressed his shock and slammed the ICC ban on Shakib. In his official Twitter account, he wrote: “Unbelievable! Isn’t it too harsh on Shakib? Was he involved in fixing? I think his only fault was not to inform the ICC and anti-corruption unit about the match-fixing proposal. For that two years ban is a bit harsh. I hope ICC reconsiders this decision.”

Some expect more and support ban

While cricketers from one end stood beside Shakib, former England captain Michael Vaughan, ex-Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raza and former Kiwi all-rounder Scott Styris backed the ICC ban.

Some even talked about a tougher punishment.

Vaughan wrote in his twitter account, “No sympathy what’s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan ... Non what’s so ever ... In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & can’t do and what that have to report straight away ... 2 yrs isn’t enough ... Should have been longer.”

Styris replied, “One year is suspended? Why? Bye bye for two years minimum.”

Ramiz, in his twitter account posted, “So Shakib Al Hasan’s ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad.”

Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle reacting on Shakib’s ban said, “No player today, let alone as high profile a cricketer as Shakib, can afford to be ignorant of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Even young players in age-group cricket are advised to report approaches. To let three such approaches go by is very strange.”