Shakib Al Hasan remains a loved character in Bangladesh cricket and will be welcomed with open arms, T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad said on Saturday as his side geared up for challenges ahead in the absence of the iconic all-rounder.
Shakib was banned by the ICC for two years (one year suspended) for not reporting corrupt approaches from an alleged Indian bookie during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
A few international cricketers such as England’s Michael Vaughan were critical of not-so-harsh punishment handed to Shakib by world cricket’s governing body.
However, Bangladesh is not yet ready to shun its favourite son as it was evident from Mahmudullah’s comments.
“Let me tell you. We loved Shakib, still love Shakib and will continue loving Shakib. And when he comes back, he will be welcomed with open arms,” Mahmudullah told reporters ahead of first T20 against India.
– source PTI