Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim posted an emotional message for teammate Shakib Al Hasan as the latter was banned for two years by International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to report corrupt approaches on numerous occasions. One year of Shakib’s ban is suspended and he will be able to return to the sport on 29 October 2020.
“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 In Sha Allah,” Rahim wrote on Facebook with a photo of him hugging Hasan.
The ban on No. 2 T20I all-rounder in the world is a big blow to Bangladesh’s chances in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Hasan was in red-hot form in World Cup 2019 and his presence was crucial in the upcoming mega event.
“I am obviously extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches. The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn’t do my duty in this instance,” the 32-year-old said in a media release of the ICC.
With Shakib’s ban, Mushfiqur will be among one of the most senior players in the side touring India in November for three T20Is and two Tests. The 32-year-old recently expressed his desire to give up wicketkeeping to prolong his career.