Shakib Al Hasan had to spend one year on the sidelines following the one-year-ban he received from ICC as he had failed to disclose approach by bookies. He’s free to resume playing competitive cricket from the 29th of October. For Shakib, the period acted as an eye-opener and he does not regret the time spent away from cricket.
On his official Youtube channel, Shakib was part of a candid conversation and answered on a lot of questions, which includes questions related to his ban. “I think it helped me a lot (this ban) and it helped me in many ways and mostly in positive ways. Lot of doors opened for me and I can think about life differently, it’s a blessing in disguise.”
On being asked whether he’s at peace after everything that happened, Shakib replied, “I don’t regret this one year. Unless I struggled like this I wouldn’t have learnt this way. When a man comes back from this situation he is much more matured. Now I think differently than before and it will surely help me in my life.”
“I don’t know what gave me the most courage but when I heard the news (of the ban) I was shocked and sorry but at the same time I was thinking life has given me a chance. I have one year to prepare myself and when I come back I need to prove again,” he said.
He also revealed that the investigation phase was the most challenging period of his life and that he couldn’t perform in the World Cup because of the apprehension. “It was really challenging to perform in the World Cup as they (ACSU) were regularly talking with me and it was an uncomfortable situation.”
The Bangladeshi all-rounder is aware that his teammates might see him a different light now but he also revealed that he did not get such vibes from many of his teammates while talking to them during the suspension.
“It’s a difficult question (whether they will doubt me) because I am not sure what is going through any one’s mind. They can doubt me or have no trust in me and I don’t disapprove it totally. But as I have spoken with almost everyone I did not feel it that way (that they are distrusting me). I think they will believe me like the way they used to do but as you said anyone can have doubt over me at some corner of his mind because it is such a thing,” he said.
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