Bangladesh star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan said the suspension imposed by the ICC was a lesson for him to understand life in a better way.
Shakib is currently in the USA, spending time with his family. He flew to USA in March during the initial outbreak of coronavirus in Bangladesh. He and his wife Umeey Ahmed Shishir was expecting their second child. On April 24, they were blessed with a baby girl.
The all-rounder was banned for two years in October 2019 for to failing to report several corrupt approaches that were made to him. As the one year of his suspension is suspended, Shakib is expected to return to cricket in October 2020.
“I am in the USA currently. I have been passing times with my family since March. I was unable to stay beside my wife when she gave birth to our first child. But this time around, I am with her. But it feels bad that I’m unable to play now. It will take five to six months to end my ban. If cricket resumes before that, I will not be able to take part,” Shakib said in a live session with Deutsche Welle.
“I’m not available to play, and will not get a chance within the next five-six months. It really hurts a lot. But this incident of my life is a good lesson for me. Many things happen in life that we ignore or give less importance to, which is not an ideal way to live life. I think this incident taught me this,” Shakib added.
Shakib put up a tremendous performance in the World Cup 2019 in England. He scored 606 runs in eight games with two centuries and five half-centuries. He finished with the best average among players who amassed more than 600 runs in the event. Along with this, he scalped 11 wickets.
He insisted that he is eager to restart from where he left off. He said: “My main focus is to go back to playing again. And I want to restart from where I left off, which is my lone challenge now.”
While answering a question about his plan for the next World Cup, Shakib said: “We always have a plan to do well. We also had some plans in the previous World Cup. Some of those worked well while some proved to be inappropriate. The next World Cup will take place in the subcontinent, which will create a big chance for us. I believe every cricketing nation should be aware of us as the World Cup is in the subcontinent.”
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to provide financial aid to 1600 cricketers who are not contracted with the board, and who play in the first, second and third division leagues.
Besides, all the female cricketers will also get the aid.
However, BCB will not include the national cricketers and the cricketers who are contracted with them as the First-class cricketers.
Earlier, BCB provided financial aid to 96 First-class cricketers and female cricketers. They got BDT 30,000 and 20,000 respectively.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, “The board president directed us to help the cricketers who are not in any contract with BCB. We are working to help the cricketers before Eid. The amount might not be a big one, but we will provide it before Eid.”
However, BCB is yet to finalize the amount for each cricketer. Chowdhury told media that the highest amount might be Tk 10,000 and the lowest Tk 5000 each.
Right before the coronavirus outbreak, cricketers were busy playing in Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. But after two rounds of the game, BCB had to postpone the league indefinitely to contain the outbreak of the virus.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has provided 15,000 relief packs containing essential grocery items and soaps to the people in need across the country.
The Media and Communication Committee of BCB informed this through a press release.
BCB Director and MP Naimur Rahman Durjoy distributed relief packs at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj while BCB Director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel conducted the same activities at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
BCB has also distributed relief packs to its employees and service providers at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. At the same time, the board handed over relief packs to 76 clubs under the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis recently.
Bangladesh former captain Mushfiqur Rahim paired up with the foundation of Shakib Al Hasan to help the poor people of Bogura, Mushfiqur’s native town.
In a video message published by Shakib Al Hasan’s Facebook page, Musfhqiur Rahim said, “Shakib and I have had many wonderful partnerships on the field. But this one has to be the best one so far.Thanks to Shakib and Shakib Al Hasan Foundation.”
Musfhqiur further said, “Relying on this association, we have successfully provided assistance to more than 350 families in my home town Bogura. I want to thank specially to the ex-students of Bogura Zilla school who helped us along the way. If we work hard to confront the coronavirus pandemic, we will have a good future.”
Mushfiqur also announced to put his bat, what he used to hit Bangladesh’s first-ever double-ton in Test cricket back in 2013 against Sri Lanka, on auction. The E-commerce organization Pickaboo will operate the auction from tonight. The auction will be afloat for four days.
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Shakib had also put his bat, what he used in the World Cup 2019 in England, on the auction and the bat was sold at BDT 20 lakh. Along with Shakib, Taskin Ahmed and Soumya Sarkar also had put a ball and bat to the auction, aiming to raise money to help poor people during the coronavirus pandemic.
ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has also been working hard to help the people across the country. Tamim helped 91 disadvantaged athletes from different disciplines.
Earlier, Mushfiqur provided the health workers in Bogura with the personal protective gears. He had also provided food and daily needs to the people of his area.
Due to the pandemic, all cricketing activities are on hold in Bangladesh. All of the cricketers are passing time at home. BCB recently has said, they are waiting to get a green signal from the government to restart the cricketing season.
Former captain of Bangladesh cricket team Mushfiqur Rahim expressed his desire to see Bangladesh among the top-six teams in all formats of the game.
The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has an average of 36.8 in Tests, 36.3 in ODI and only 20 in T20. He is determined to have a 40-plus average in Test before he retires.
Mushfiq, who will complete 15 years in international cricket this month, talked about his wishes in an hour-long live discussion on Daily Cricket Facebook page on Thursday.
He talked about his journey from being a student from BKSP to becoming ‘Mr Dependable’ of Bangladesh cricket team.
The Tigers are now inches away from the top six slot in the ODI formats, currently ranking at number seven in ODI and eighth in T20 internationals, but their positions in Test cricket continues to be poor at 9th slot.
Bangladesh's position in Tests became more frustrating (10th) if Afghanistan were taken into the account. Afghanistan were not considered for the last ICC ranking as they failed to play required numbers of Tests.
Mushfiq, however, felt that Bangladesh had the chance of making some upward strides in the Test rankings with their scheduled home series against Australia in June (postponed), New Zealand in August and West Indies in next year’s January.
All three of these series are part of the ICC Test Championship, but due to ongoing global coronavirus crisis the series against Australia has already been postponed and the fate of the remaining two series is also uncertain.
Mushfiq was still optimistic that all of these matches will eventually take place and Bangladesh will be able to replicate past good performances against the sides on home soil to get some much needed points in the Test championship and also in the rankings.
"I believe we can make it to the top six", Mushfiq said.
"In the coming days, we will play against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies at home. We have defeated Australia at home before, played well and drew against New Zealand. We defeated West Indies also. We have the potential to be there," he added.
Mushfiq made his debut for Bangladesh at Lord’s in a Test match against England on May 26, 2005. Mushfiq, who was then a 16, shared his memory of debuting for Bangladesh at the sacred ground of cricket.
The dressing room at Lord’s is on the second floor. One has to come down, walk through the long room where all the MCC members sit and then take the stairs outside. It takes almost two minutes.
"When it was my turn to bat, I was pretty nervous. But, once I stepped inside the boundary rope, it was all calm," Mushfiq said.
In that match, Mushfiq scored 19 and three in the two innings but showed glimpses of his batting prowess.
Mushfiq, who currently has a 36-plus average in both ODIs and Tests, wanted to take his Test average over 40 before calling it a day in international cricket.
"And when I sign off, I want to leave with above 40 average in Test matches," he added.
Mushfiq, who earlier announced that he will auction off the bat with which he became the first Bangladeshi double centurion in Tests to help the suffering people during the pandemic, will put up his bat for auction on Saturday (May 9) night at 10pm and the auction will continue till May 14.
Moreover, Mushfiq, who came to live twice on social media within a week, will make his third appearance in Facebook live with the captain of the Under-19 World Cup champions Bangladesh Cricket team Akbar Ali on Saturday (May 9) night at 10pm.
Akbar Ali will also put up his U-19 World Cup winning Jersey for auction on the same occasion for the novel cause of helping Coronavirus victims.
Mushfiq asked affluent people to place the highest bid possible to purchase the bat which will aid him in his various humanitarian activities.
"I am involved with various charity programmes. I support old age homes, I support a school in our locality. I didn’t want to disclose these activities earlier. This bat is very special to me. I am putting it up for auction so that I can help many more people," he said.
Mushfiq also revealed his plan of publishing an autobiography in a year or two.
"I have maintained a habit of writing diary for many years, since I was in BKSP. Hopefully, I will be completing my autobiography soon. In a year or two, it will come out," he added.