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Shakib Al Hasan

Banned no more

Banned no more

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be eligible to play domestic and international cricket from today as his disciplinary suspension has come to an end. Shakib's suspension was reduced to two months and seven days from six months in August after the left-hander publicly apologised for his disciplinary issues and asked the BCB to reconsider its decision. The player however, will not be able to take part in foreign leagues as the ban on providing him with no-objection certificates till December 31, 2015 remains. While the left-hander thanked the board...

Shakib plays for juniors

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday took part in his first competitive match -- an unofficial two-day practice match between Bangladesh Under-19 and Bangladesh A -- ever since he was suspended on disciplinary grounds in July. The left-hander's suspension will be lifted on September 15. He is however, allowed to practise and use Bangladesh Cricket Board's facilities. Surprisingly though Shakib is playing for U-19 side in the match as opposed to the second-string national side. "He has been training with the...

Shakib's rice challenge

Shakib's rice challenge

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan yesterday took part in the 'Rice Bucket Challenge', a Bangladeshi version of the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' that went viral on social media. It involves dumping ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and encourage donations to research. The concept  entails individuals to donate rice to the poor. In his facebook post, Shakib wrote, "I thank whoever nominated me. I accepted the challenge and I nominate all my facebook friends and fans hopefully you guys will accept my challenge."

Shakib’s suspension reduced

Shakib’s suspension reduced

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reduced the suspension of ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan by over three and a half months, allowing him to return to the cricket from September 15. In a BCB board meeting at Mirpur today, it was decided that Shakib will be available for selection from September 15 onwards. However, the...

Dhaka Bank Cup 2014

Tigers' rapid slide

How does one explain Bangladesh's implosion against the West Indies on Friday? Was it Sunil Narine's magic? Did the decision to experiment at the top with two relatively new players in the side -- Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman -- end in disarray? Or -- the more popular opinion among the public -- is this the result of Shakib Al Hasan's absence from the side? Sporting pundits can go on and on with their analyses and statistics but the fact...

BPL looking for a way back

The dysfunctional governing council of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has finally come up with a paper to present to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) during the next board meeting to be held on August 26 at the headquarters of the BCB in Mirpur. This meeting has already assumed high-profile proportions as the board is set to reduce the punishment of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is serving a six-month ban from all cricket on disciplinary grounds. But besides the issue...

Full-strength squads for Asian Games

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday officially announced their best possible T20 squad, sans captain Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, for the 17th Asian Games due to take place at Incheon, South Korea this year. Mushfiqur was excused for his wedding due on September 27 while Shakib is serving a suspension.   This means that the national players will be taking part in three international assignments in as many months and are not scheduled to get much of a...

Silence masks pain of missing out

Shakib Al Hasan now regularly visits the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur as the ace all-rounder has a separate training schedule to follow. He often flashes an infectious smile at the reporters and sometimes even exchanges a few words; of course not anything serious or relating to his six-month ban on disciplinary grounds. Shakib is naturally straightforward but he has been showing a lot of restraint since the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) slapped the all-rounder with a six-month ban...

Shakib set for early return

Shakib set for early return

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is all set to make a comeback to competitive cricket with the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League starting from October 10. Shakib is serving a six-month ban for breaching the players' code of conduct and was not considered for the upcoming West Indies tour, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board...

A blessing in disguise?

A blessing in disguise?

Bangladesh's last tour of the West Indies, back in 2009, saw an emphatic display from all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan-- albeit against a weakened Caribbean setup-- lead the Tigers to whitewash the home side in both the ODI and Test series. Having been unexpectedly handed over the captaincy after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza got injured during...

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