Former Bangladesh captain and nationwide selector Habibul Bashar is shocked “mature” man like Shakib Al Hasan didn’t report corrupt approaches to the ICC and believes it could be robust, if not unattainable, for the banned all-rounder to regain his peak place.
The world’s No.1 ODI all-rounder was on October 29 banned by the ICC for 2 years, one yr being a suspended sentence, for failing to report corrupt approaches from an alleged bookie Deepak Aggarwal on three events, together with one through the 2018 Indian Premier League.
Whereas Bashar expects the 32-year-old, who has over 11,000 runs and greater than 500 wickets throughout three codecs, to be again after the ban, he additionally admitted that will probably be simpler mentioned than achieved.
“It’s a robust ask. Shakib might be out of cricket for a yr, which might be mentally robust for him…After one yr, to first make a comeback after which try to succeed in the place you have been earlier than the ban is a tall order however not unattainable,” Bashar instructed PTI in an interview.
“As a result of the title of the participant is Shakib, I think about his means and expertise. There have been spells of accidents, the place has been out for 3 to 6 months. I’ve seen him make comebacks from rehabilitation after which in a short time get again into the groove…He’s a seasoned participant and there’s no motive that he can’t do it once more,” he added.
For now, Bashar is but to recover from the shock of Shakib not repprting the corrupt approaches to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit.
“It’s surprising for me. However I’ll take solace from the truth that having recognized Shakib for lengthy, I knew he would by no means bask in any corrupt apply. That he has not been indicted by the ICC on corruption prices is an enormous aid so far as I’m involved,” mentioned Bashar, one in every of Shakib’s earliest captains.
“However yeah, I’m additionally shocked like anybody as to why a mature boy like Shakib didn’t report the matter to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit,” Bashar, who performed 50 Exams and 111 ODIs, for his nation mentioned.
Bashar admitted that it’s a “big blow” to Bangladesh cricket however on the similar time the nation has no choice however to maneuver on.
“It’s undoubtedly an enormous blow for Bangladesh cricket. A participant of Shakib’s calibre received’t be accessible for a yr. It’s an enormous setback however we have to transfer on from this and emerge stronger as a workforce,” the 47-year-old mentioned.
Bashar mentioned the main focus ought to now be on the India collection, which begins November three, and the nation’s cricket fraternity shouldn’t fret an excessive amount of over the Shakib suspension.
“It’s not that we’ve not performed with out Shakib up to now. We’ve performed and likewise received matches in his absence. Clearly, we’ll miss him however we’ve obtained to do with the sources that we’ve,” Bashar mentioned.
“Those that can be enjoying must put their fingers up and take additional duty. Our focus shouldn’t waver as all the things from now, planning, technique, execution ought to solely be round this collection,” mentioned Bashar, who led Bangladesh to a well-known World Cup victory over India on the Port of Spain through the 2007 version.
The BCB has most well-liked 28-year-old Mominul Haque for Check captaincy and Bashar feels it’s the proper transfer as he was being groomed for the highest job for the previous two years.
“There was numerous thought that had gone into making Mominul the captain. He was being groomed by the BCB to take over Check captaincy in close to future. Gamers like Shakib, (Mahmudullah) Riyad might be enjoying for a number of extra years however so far as captaincy is anxious, we have to have a look at future choices.
“Mominul has been the Bangladesh A workforce captain for the final two years and he’s somebody we’ve all seen, can maintain his calm below strain. He can deal with strain. So he’s the most effective wager so far as Bangladesh is anxious,” he concluded.