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BCB rescues Shakib yet again

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 6 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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BCB rescues Shakib yet again
Bangladesh T20 vice-captain Nurul Hasan Sohan (left), New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (centre) and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam pose with the trophy of the upcoming tri-nation series in Christchurch, New Zealand on Wednesday. –TWITTER PHOTO

The Bangladesh Cricket Board saved their T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan from getting hooked by another controversy on Wednesday before their opening match of the upcoming tri-nation T20I series against Pakistan, scheduled to be held at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

Shakib was at the receiving end after he remained absent in the official trophy unveiling photo shoot and his deputy Nurul Hasan Sohan had to give a proxy for him as attended the photo shoot alongside Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

This was not the first time the talismanic all-rounder failed to make him available during a photo shoot.

Shakib was absent during the last 50-over World Cup official photo shoot and also missed many pre-tournament press conferences that are considered a common ritual before every series.

Shakib was busy playing in the Caribbean Premier League when Bangladesh were completing a training camp and two-match T20 series against UAE and afterwards, he went to USA to be with his family.

Many raised questions regarding his commitment as the team leader considering he will not only play but has the responsibility of guiding others but it seemed hard for him to make it possible in the present context with all his commitments around.

However, BCB was not ready to accept that Shakib lacked commitment and came up with an explanation after seeing that their ‘blue-eyed’ was receiving several criticisms from different corners.

“Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will join the squad in Christchurch on Thursday afternoon after his arrival got delayed by two days because of technicalities related to transit visa. Shakib had a confirmed ticket and was due to arrive in New Zealand via Tahiti on October 4 but could not board the flight from Los Angeles International Airport on October 2 after complications with the visa procedure arose,” BCB said in a statement.

“However, the designated airlines resolved the issue and rebooked him on the next available flight leaving from LA on  October 4 which he has taken to reach New Zealand,” it added, trying to explain why the 35-year-old failed to attend the official photo shoot.

Meanwhile, a member of the selection panel told The Daily Sun that Shakib is very open minded to change his batting position as now he is ready to play anywhere for the sake of the team.

Since coming back from the international ban, Shakib played 25 matches and scored 478 with the strike-rate of 111.68 with only one fifty to his name.

As the Tigers are going with makeshift openers and Liton is also being demoted to number three, the team management also is thinking of demoting Shakib at number four.

“The biggest thing is that Shakib is open-minded about batting anywhere. A lot of people think that he won’t bat anywhere apart from three but the fact is he does not carry such a mindset,” selector Habibul Bashar said.

“He is happy to bat anywhere and being the captain, he is seeing everything in a different perspective and looks like he is more than happy to do anything that is good for the team. In Australia I feel he will bat at four while someone else will bat at three,” Habibul added.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh vice-captain Nurul seemed to be more alert regarding Shakib’s photo shoot miss incident.

Nurul didn’t utter a single word regarding Shakib in a video message provided by the BCB and was looking more determined to make sure that the team plays as a unit instead of going for individual glory.

“For us, more than individual performance it is important we perform as a unit,” Nurul said.

“We are not thinking about the result, but rather thinking about following the process. Another thing is that we need to help each other and we are doing that very well. I think it is important for the bonding of the team,” he added.

Shakib is expected to be the individual who will make the difference and now whether he plays any part in team bondage or not remains to be seen.