Bangladesh star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has said that he feels honoured to have met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Along with Bangladesh’s former captain and current lawmaker Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Bangladesh women team captain Salma Khatun, women team’s allrounder Jahanar Alam, Shakib met Modi on Friday.
“I’m really honoured to meet Prime Minister Modi. I think his visit will be fruitful for both countries,” Shakib told the media after meeting the Indian Prime Minister.
Modi is in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to join twin celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“[The] leadership he has shown for India is tremendous. I hope he'll continue to help grow India in future and our relation with India will get better day by day,” Shakib said.
Shakib was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for one year due to failing to report corrupt approaches made to him to the authorities. He made a comeback to competitive cricket with the Bangabandhu T20 League last year.
He also made a comeback to international cricket with the West Indies series earlier this year.
However, he skipped the New Zealand tour to stay with his wife who gave birth to their third child. Shakib will also miss Bangladesh’s Sri Lanka tour for a two-match Test series as he is set to participate in this year’s IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Both the Sri Lanka series and IPL are scheduled to take place around the same time.