I am sorry: Shakib speaks in a video
Shakib Al Hasan was surrounded by non-cricketing controversies over the past few days. The Bangladeshi all-rounder clarified everything in an YouTube video.
Shakib took a route to Kolkata via Benapole-Petrapole border last week to attend a program organised by Indian High Commission. Rumours spread on that day Shakib threw and broke a fan’s phone.
The ace all-rounder posted a video on his YouTube channel to clear things up.
“I can’t understand what benefit would I get by breaking someone else’s phone. Maybe you guys can answer better. I did not willingly break the person’s phone. Since it’s coronavirus time I wanted to follow the health guidelines and make movements by staying safe,” he said.
“A lot of people were there. Everyone wanted to take pictures and I was trying to stay away from them so that I can complete the immigration process.
“An individual wanted to take a picture with me getting too close to my body. I wanted to move him away and in the process his fell down as my hand got hit with his. I am sorry for breaking his phone. But I think he should’ve followed the safety rules especially in this pandemic.”
The other topic, highly sensitive, left Shakib receiving a lot of hate comments from the general public. The second rumour of him was he inaugurated Kali Puja or Shyam Puja in Kolkata. Shakib, a practicing Muslim, completely denied the claim.
“First of all I want to say that I think myself as a proud Muslim. I always try to follow it. Mistakes can happen and that’s what we live with. I am sincerely sorry if I had made any mistake. The news and social media have been claiming that I went to an opening of Puja. I actually never inaugurated a Puja.
“You will obviously get the proof. Many journalists were invited and it was clearly written on the invitation card who inaugurated the Puja. There was no pandal in our program. There was another stage beside the pandal where our program took place. I was there for 40-45 minutes and no discussions took place on any religious topic,” he added.