Shakib Al Hasan, who was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to report corrupt approaches made to him, has turned to football during his time away from the cricket field.
The top-ranked ODI all-rounder represented a football team by the name of Footy Hags for a match against the Korean Expat Team at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital on Friday."We played 11 a side on a full size pitch at the Army Stadium against the Korean Expat team today. We won 3-2. Good to have Shakib Al Hasan back in the Footy Hags Team," Footy Hags said on their Facebook post.
Shakib Al Hasan's Footy Hags teammate Riyad Shahir Ahmed Husain also shared some pictures from the match on his Facebook account.
Shakib was banned by the ICC for two years (one year suspended) for not reporting corrupt approaches from an alleged Indian bookie.
Shakib is likely to miss the World Twenty20 in Australia too because his ban will not be over before the flagship event begins in Australia next year.
Shakib's ban ends on October 29, 2020 while the marquee event begins on October 18.
In the absence of Shakib, Mahmudullah is currently leading Bangladesh in the ongoing Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India while Mominul Haque has been tasked to lead the Test side.
The T20I series is currently level at 1-1 after India won the Rajkot clash. The decider will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.
The Test series will run from November 14 to 26 with Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore and the Eden Gardens hosting the first and second matches respectively.
The Eden Gardens Test will also mark India's first Day-Night Test. The historic match will get underway from November 22.