I don’t think Shakib wanted to participate in election: BCB President

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President feels all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan  didn’t want to participate in the general election and believes he can play at least for the next 4-5 years.

Shakib with coach

Shakib, who was supposed to take part in the election along with the ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza decided to change his decision at the last moment. It was later known that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina advised Shakib to not take part in the election and concentrate in cricket only.

Meanwhile, despite Shakib showing his interest in taking part in the election, BCB President feels the all-rounder didn’t want to participate either.

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“I don’t think so, for instance Shakib wanted to participate in the election as well. We felt that he [Shakib] will play atleast for another 4-5 years after the World Cup. So, the Prime Minister wanted Shakib to focus on cricket for now. ”

However, Mashrafe didn’t change his decision and he is all set to take part in the election which will take place on December 23. And BCB President have no problem with the ODI captain taking part in the election as he believes his cricket career is almost to an end.

“In Mashrafe’s case, we are not sure how long he will play. That he is still playing with the injuries he has is quite a lot for us. He is more important as a captain rather than as player in our team. I don’t think we can find a captain like him. Maybe he will want to retire after the World Cup and then it is a matter of months when he retires. So if that is the case then there is no problem in him participating in the election now,” he concluded.

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