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POST TIME: 11 December, 2019 11:32:48 AM
The whole BPL will miss Shakib: Russell
BSS, Dhaka

The whole BPL will miss Shakib: Russell

Andre Russell, considered as the most explosive batsman in T20 cricket, said the Bangbandhu Bangladesh Premier League  tournament will miss Shakib Al Hasan, the ace all-rounder who will miss the event due to serving the ban imposed by the ICC.

Russell who is appointed as the captain of Rajshahi Royals also showed his sympathy towards the world’s best all-rounder and expected that he would comeback strongly.

Shakib was banned for two years, with one year of that suspended due to his failure to report corrupt approaches by the bookies to ICC. Russell himself also experienced a one-year ban from cricket due to the violation of doping-code. So he knows well how it feels to be away from the cricket.

“The whole BPL will miss Shakib,” Russell said here today. “He is a very good player, a smart bowler and a good hitter of the ball. He had a fantastic World Cup recently. He is still a young guy. I experienced one year ban as well, so it is a matter of coming back strongly, and focusing on the right thing.”

Russell though has the experience of leading any side but in any foreign domestic tournament, it is the first time that he is appointed as captain. He said he ready to take that challenge.

“I am honoured to be given the responsibility of leading the team. Regardless, I always look at myself as a player in the heat. I have a very big role in any team I play for. It is going to be something new for me outside the Caribbean. I have led Jamaica Tallawahs before. It will be interesting and I am up for a challenge,” he remarked.

 “I won’t say we have the best squad but we have a good team on paper. It is a good start for any captain, coach and any team. We want to use the experience of each player, which will put us in the right foot. We have Shoaib Malik, myself, Ravi Bopara and Zazai and Das at the top. We have a few good local talents. I have been watching videos, seeing what they can do. We have a balanced squad including local and international fast bowlers. We have good options.”

BK