Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan Return

Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is expected to make his return as his 12-month ban has comes to end. Regarding this Bangladesh T20I captain, Mahmudullah has expressed his excitement and happiness in welcoming the former captain.

“Our boy is coming back home, which makes me very happy. We know that Shakib has been the best player for so many years, for the Bangladesh cricket team. We are all eagerly waiting for his return to the dressing room. It feels good to know that we can see him, talk to him and spend time with him,” Mahmudullah told ESPNcricinfo.

“Shakib is a champion player. I think it won’t take him long to get back to the rhythm. I believe that he will get it back as soon as he enters the cricket field. The biggest thing is that we can fill up the gap that his absence had created. He always makes important contributions with the bat and ball,” the T20I captain added.

Shakib, who is currently in America spending time with his family, is soon to return to Bangladesh as he is likely to participate in BCB’s 5-team T20 tournament in November.

Why Shakib Al Hasan banned from cricket

On close investigation by the ACU, ICC found out that the alleged bookie Agarwal had approached Shakib at least thrice, looking for confidential information. Shakib admitted that he was first approached by Agarwal on January 23 and then again on August 27, which he failed to inform the board.

As a result, Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the ICC from all cricket for two years, with one year of that sentence suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code.

“During these interviews, Mr. Al Hasan was cautioned that the answers and information provided by him could be used as evidence to support a charge or charges in relation to a breach of the Code if they revealed that Mr. Al Hasan might have breached the Code, either by acting corruptly himself or by failing to report corrupt approaches or corrupt actions by others. After receiving these cautions, Mr. Al Hasan admitted various failures to report approaches made to him to provide Inside Information to Mr. Aggarwal,” the ICC said in a statement last year.

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