File image of Mahmudullah and Shakib AL Hasan.(AFP)
File image of Mahmudullah and Shakib AL Hasan.(AFP)

India vs Bangladesh: ‘It will work as motivation for us’ - Mahmudullah on Shakib’s absence

Ind vs Ban: Shakib Al Hasan was banned from all forms of cricket on Tuesday after he accepted the charges of breaching the ICC’s Anti Corruption Code.
London | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 08:27 AM IST

Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah feels that the ban on Shakib Al Hasan will work as a motivation for the team. Shakib was banned from all forms of cricket on Tuesday after he accepted the charges of breaching the ICC’s Anti Corruption Code. The all-rounder also admitted to the charges and agreed to the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.

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“We have to play with our heart for the country. I think this [Shakib’s absence] will work as motivation for us. I think there’s no greater honour than playing for the country. The responsibility to lead the side lies with me. So I will try to give it my all,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying.

“The statistics don’t lie. It is a tough ask, but it is not impossible. We have to perform as a team, and ensure we take advantage of every opportunity,” he added.

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Shakib will be able to resume international cricket from October 29, 2020. It is, however, subject to him satisfying the conditions of the sanction. As a result, the 32-year-old all-rounder will not be featuring in the upcoming T20I series against India.

The first T20I between India and Bangladesh will be played on November 3.

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