Shakib urges other players to learn from his mistake
Former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan has admitted to having “made mistakes” and urged other players to learn from his mistake so that they don’t have to face any situation like this in near future, In an interview on ESPNcricinfo’s Cricketbaazi series, hosted by Deep Dasgupta.
After the allegations of breaching ICC anti-corruption code and for failing to report corrupt approaches in two tournaments in 2018, Shakib accepted three charges and got a year ban from international cricket. He will be free to return to international cricket from October 29.
“You have to be honest,” Shakib said. “You just can’t lie to the people and pretend different things. Whatever happened has happened. People are bound to make mistakes. You are not 100%. The important thing is how well you can come back from those mistakes. You can tell other people not to make those mistakes. Tell them the path so that they never take those paths.
“It could have happened to someone else and I would have learned from him, but it happened to me so other people can learn from me. I wanted to be honest from the first day. I didn’t hide anything from the guys when they were asking me questions. I will say the straightforward things. I made mistakes. It shouldn’t happen for a player like me. I apologised for it, and I want to move forward, I want everyone to learn from it and never make these mistakes.”
Shakib’s way to legacy was never easy for him as he was first made captain in 2009. He had trouble with the board chief, selectors and the media, mainly about selectorial decisions and not being made permanent captain between 2009 and 2010. He believes that these flora and fauna made him a matured person.
“I think [it’s] combination of both [controversy following him, and vice versa]. I got the responsibility so early in my career, I was bound to make mistakes. I was captain when I was 21. I made a lot of mistakes, and there are so many things that people think about me. Now I realise that it was my fault in some areas, and in some I was misunderstood. But I get it completely. It is part and parcel in the subcontinent.
“Of course I will try to minimise [my mistakes] as much as I can, but by the time I got married, and now I have two kids, I understand the game and life better. It has made me a calmer person than I was in my twenties. I have changed quite a lot. People won’t see me doing a lot of mistakes now. My two daughters changed my life completely.”