Ashraful surprised with Shakib’s shocking errors
It took Mohammad Ashraful by surprise after hearing that Shakib Al Hasan didn’t report to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that a bookie approached him thrice.
With a ton of experience in the vast career of Shakib, it took everyone by surprise including one of Bangladesh’s experienced batsman Mohammad Ashraful to know that the all-rounder didn’t report to ICC about the approaches of a bookie.
Ashraful, who was involved in match-fixing and spent five years of ban said he is surprised to see that the all-rounder didn’t learn a lesson from him.
“Though our cases are different, I am surprised that the lessons have not been learnt. It’s really surprising that a player of Shakib’s stature and experience did not adhere to the practice of reporting the incident to the authorities.”
The experienced batsman was banned for eight years, but it came down to five years in the end and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) lifted the ban on him last year. The 35-year old batsman has now a very slim chance to make it to the national team again, but he insisted that he is trying his best to make a way for himself.
“Yes, I have lost five valuable years of my career when I was at my peak. However, I am primarily a batsman and have at least another few years of cricket left in me. Only yesterday, I have scored a century for Barisal in our National League as an opener.”
Ashraful also feels Shakib should have been more aware considering the fact how experienced he is as a cricketer.
“He (Shakib) is such a senior player and has been a regular at the franchise leagues all over the world. He knows what such things could lead to, so he should have been more alert. I have known him for long and have not come across too many sharp cricketing brains like him. It’s not easy to hold on to your status as a top all-rounder from Bangladesh in all three formats of the game for seven to eight years — so we cannot afford to lose him,” he concluded.