Mushfiqur Rahim backs Shakib Al Hasan to come back strong from ICC ban: You always have my support
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan go back a long way (Reuters Photo)
- Shakib Al Hasan won't be able to play any cricket, domestic or international, for a year
- Shakib was slapped with a two-year ban by the ICC on Tuesday
- Shakib failed to report corrupt approaches made by an Indian bookie on several times last year
Former Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim got emotional as he got to know about his teammate, Shakib Al Hasan's two-year ban but backed the top-ranked ODI all-rounder to come back strong.
Shakib was slapped with a two-year ban by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday for his failure to report corrupt approaches made by an Indian bookie last year. Bangladesh's Test and T20I captain won't be able to participate in any cricket, domestic or international, for a year as twelve months of this ban is a suspended sentence.
It comes as a huge blow for Bangladesh just ahead of their tour to India, which starts from November 3. Shakib was supposed to captain the team in three T20s and two Tests.
The ban will also keep Shakib out of next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) and the World T20 to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 the same year.
"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," Mushfiqur posted on his Facebook account.
Shakib accepted all three charges levied by the ICC as he failed to report the approaches made by suspected bookie Deepak Aggarwal, who had asked him to provide information on team composition and strategy on three separate occasions.
One of the approaches was made on April 26, 2018 when his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad was to take on Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers won the game by 13 runs.
Aggarwal's other two approaches were during the Bangladesh Premier League when Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in 2017, followed by the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January 2018.