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Shakib pledges to return stronger, perform responsibilities with more 'sincerity'
Shakib Pleads For Support

Shakib pledges to return stronger, perform responsibilities with more 'sincerity'

Shakib Al Hasan asked for support from the cricket fraternity after he was handed a two-year ban, with one year suspended, by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to inform authorities about corrupt approaches.

The ace all-rounder admitted his wrongdoing and said he needed support from the board and fans to return to the game stronger.

"Those who have supported me over the years I hope they, the fans, Bangladesh Cricket Board, the government, the journalists will continue to support me in my bad and good time," a dejected Shakib told reporters in Dhaka.

The 32-year-old had in the past immediately reported offers from bookies to ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit but his negligent attitude in reporting the apex body about the numerous approaches in 2018 resulted in the ban.

Shakib claimed he would be more vigilant in the future and try to fulfill his responsibilities maturely.

"If you continue your support, I am hopeful I will come back to cricket soon. I will be stronger and will perform my responsibilities with more sincerity," he said.

Shakib, ranked No. 1 among all-rounders in the ICC rankings, will be free to resume international duty on October 29, 2020, thus putting him out of contention for the T20 World Cup that will last from October 8 to November 15.

'The board is shocked and extremely disappointed' - BCB president

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) stated Shakib's willingness to cooperate with the ICC ACU was welcoming amidst the grim development.

"While the BCB is shocked and extremely disappointed that an experienced player like Shakib had failed to report a corrupt approach on three occasions, at the same time we are pleased that he has cooperated fully with the ICC ACU and has pledged his commitment to its education programme," BCB president Nazmul Hassan said.

Shakib, Bangladesh's Test and T20I captain, was recently at loggerheads with BCB after leading a player revolt for better pay and benefits.

Although the matter was later resolved following negotiations between the board and the players, BCB planned to sue Shakib over a sponsorship deal.

Shakib's absence was acknowledged by Nazmul as a huge blow to the team and he reaffirmed the board's commitment to reintegrate the star player into the national side in due course.

"We hope he will come back as a better and wiser cricketer and serve Bangladesh for many more years when his sanction will be over. During the suspension the BCB will continue to support his efforts at returning to cricket," he said.