Over 13 years, the world has probably seen an emotionally distraught Shakib Al Hasan just once – when the ace all-rounder cried his heart out with his teammates after a heart-breaking defeat to Pakistan in the final of the 2012 Asia Cup.
While Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in November 2017, he was aware that his phone number had been given to a man named Deepak Aggarwal by an acquaintance. Aggarwal had asked the acquaintance to provide contacts of Bangladesh Premier League players.
Bangladesh cricket was rocked to its foundations last evening when the International Cricket Council (ICC) informed that it had banned Shakib Al Hasan from all forms of cricket for two years for not informing the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) of three separate approaches by a bookmaker seeking match information.
There was little indication of recuperation from the turmoil that has engulfed Bangladesh cricket over the past two days following the boycott by cricketers led by Test captain Shakib Al Hasan.
The India series is more challenging than any other. In T20Is, since it’s a short format, there is always a chance, no matter how big or small the teams are. Since 70-80 per cent of the matches are decided in the last three or four deliveries, there is always a chance.
Tigers’ Vice Captain Shakib Al Hasan talks about the team’s preparations and expectations for their Asia Cup venture. Watch the Star Live video for Shakib’s full interview.