Shakib will be welcomed with open arms: Mahmudullah
NEW DELHI: Shakib Al Hasan He is still a beloved character in the cricket of Bangladesh and will be welcomed with open arms, captain of the T20 Mahmudullah Riyad said Saturday that his team prepared for the challenges ahead in the absence of the iconic SUV.
Shakib was banned by the ICC for two years (one year suspended) for not reporting corrupt approaches to an alleged Indian bookmaker during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)
Some international cricket players like England Michael Vaughan they criticized the not so severe punishment that Shakib granted to the governing body of world cricket.
However, Bangladesh is not yet ready to shun its favorite 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.
When you enter the locker room, we will all give you a big hug, said the affable captain of Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah said that Shakib indeed made a mistake but at the same time believes that his longtime teammate has not committed a crime.
The boss now wants the younger lot to raise their hands and act.
That is a problem that has already happened. We are focusing on playing tomorrow and winning the game. It will probably be an adequate opportunity for younger boys to introduce themselves and defend the Bangladesh team, he said.
Shakib is also likely to miss the World Twenty20 in Australia because its ban will not end before the flagship event in Australia begins next year. Shakib's ban ends on October 29, 2020, while the tent event begins on October 18.
The Bangladeshi employer said that, upon entering the World T20, they need to achieve consistency in batting.
We have been exposed from time to time. We can give enough races or foundations to the players to prove their worth, he said.
Mahmudullah is happy that they have been able to unearth an effective wrist spinner to go with very strong fast bowling department.
Young (Aminul Islam) Biplab is a good find. We wanted to have a good rotating doll on our side. He showed his potential in the last series against Afghanistan. But in India, they will be different conditions. They have been dominating series at home. It's time for players to seize the opportunity.
If you see our fast bowling department, we have good fast bowlers. Mashrafe (Mortaza), Mutafizur Rahaman and Shafi (Mohammed Saifuddin) have experience. It is an appropriate opportunity to show our performance on this tour.