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Shakib receives support from colleagues in hour of crisis

Meanwhile, there is speculation in the cricketing world that Bangladesh's star cricketer Shakib has been framed as a punishment for turning into an activist

Two of the players of his team Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza have written a passionate post about the ban on Bangladesh cricketer Shakib al Hasan. Both of them hoped for Shakib’s return to the field soon. While sharing a photo of him, Mushfiqur wrote that it would be very sad for him to get on the field without Shakib while Murtaza encouraged him by saying they would play the 2023 World Cup under his captaincy.

After the ban on Shakib, the team’s wicketkeeper Mushfiqur shared an old photo in which Shakib is seen weeping and hugging him. With this photo, he wrote after playing cricket for more than 18 years, it was very sad to think of playing without Shakib on the field. “Hope you come back soon like a winner,” Mushfiq wrote on Instagram. He claimed that the whole of Bangladesh, as much as he, would always be with Shakib.

Murtaza wrote he would not sleep for the next several nights. The senior bowler of the team gave his response in the Bengali language on social media after this ban. He shared a photo of himself with Shakib on Instagram and wrote his condition is because of the suspension of the ‘warrior’ after fighting together for 13 years. “But after a few days, I will feel sleepy, thinking that we will play the 2023 World Cup final under his captaincy because his name is Shakib al Hasan,” Mortaza wrote.

Shakib may get relief after a year if…

Earlier on Tuesday, the ICC had banned Bangladesh’s Test and T20 team captain Shakib al Hasan for two years for concealing corrupt practices. However, his ‘sentence’ may be reduced by a year in the case of good conduct.

Shakib was accused of being approached by the bookies thrice in 2018 but he neither informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) nor the ICC about it. During the investigation by the Anti Corruption Unit, he admitted the charges against him. Now if Shakib’s conduct is good for the next year, the second year ban may be removed. In that case, he can return to international cricket on 29 October 2020.

International career

The Bangladesh star all-rounder has played 56 Tests (scoring 3,862 runs and taking 210 wickets), 206 ODIs (6,323 runs, 260 wickets) and 76 T20s (1,567 runs and 92 wickets) in his international career so far. He has been number one in the ICC all-rounder rankings in all three formats of cricket since 2009.

In this year’s ODI World Cup played in England, he performed impressively, scoring more than 600 runs and taking 11 wickets. It was during this tournament that he became the cricketer to take 5,000 runs and 250 wickets in ODI format in the shortest time.

In the meantime, speculations are rife in Bangladesh and the rest of the cricketing world that Shakib has been framed as a punishment for turning into an activist. On 21 October, Bangladesh Test and T20 captain Shakib al Hasan had said that Bangladesh would not participate in any cricket-related event until the 11-point demand of the players met the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). If the Bangladeshi cricket board failed to come to an agreement with the players, this could impact their tour of India starting on 3 November.

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