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'My teammates might have issues trusting me' - Shakib on returning from ban
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'My teammates might have issues trusting me' - Shakib on returning from ban

Shakib Al Hasan has admitted to feeling doubtful about gaining the trust of his teammates once he comes back into the Bangladesh national team following his year-long ban.

The experienced all-rounder was handed a suspension by the ICC last year in October for failing to report approaches from a bookie.

The incriminating conversations between Shakib and the bookmaker presented a tainted picture of the former Bangladesh skipper with the 33-year-old later acknowledging his non-serious attitude to reporting fixing offers.

While Shakib holds a revered status in Bangladesh cricket, he is wary of receiving a zestful reception given the circumstances in which he was exiled from the international circuit.

"It is a bit of a difficult question to answer. It is actually tough to say who has what going on in their minds. There may be doubts and there may be issues in trusting me [in my teammates' minds]," Shakib said on Wednesday as he answered questions from fans and media outlets during a live session on his YouTube channel.

Several players including Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Imrul Kayes and Taskin Ahmed have voiced their support for Shakib and are looking forward to the top-ranked ODI all-rounder's return.

However, Shakib is unsure of a uniform mood in the dressing room and accepted that some players won't have a generous opinion regarding his actions.

"I was in constant touch with every one of my teammates during my ban, I hope that it will not be much of a problem. But it is true that they may have doubts. I will not regret that," he stated.

"However, it was such an incident that doubts can arise in the corner of anyone's mind. But I always had confidence in my teammates and nothing will change in that regard," he concluded.

Shakib is currently in the USA and is scheduled to arrive back in Bangladesh soon. He is expected to mark his return to competitive cricket by taking part in the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Cup.

His last outing for Bangladesh was in the T20I tri-series at home in September 2019 involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe as the other participants.

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