Shakib appeals ban

Bangladesh

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has publicly apologised – and appealed a six-month ban issued by the Bangladesh Cricket Board earlier this month.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has publicly apologised – and appealed a six-month ban issued by the Bangladesh Cricket Board earlier this month.

Shakib, who was suspended on 7 July due to "serious misbehaviour" with new coach Chandika Hathurusingha and an altercation with a spectator during the first ODI against India in Mirpur, met with the BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury on Sunday.

"I am expressing my sincerest apologies if my behaviour has embarrassed the BCB, the Bangladesh cricket team and our fans. I accept that as a professional and contracted cricketer, I haven't behaved in a disciplined and restrained manner in several cases. In the future, I am determined to behave with more restraint," said Al Hasan.

"I respect the board's decision, but there is nothing more painful than staying away from cricket. It is my life and I have worn Bangladesh's colours and BCB's logo since the under-15 days. It is my pride.

"The Bangladesh team is above everything. I give my all when I play for them, and I would do so in the future. I have grown up with Bangladesh cricket, and I have an emotional connection with it. From that position, I am requesting the BCB to reconsider my suspension."

Bangladesh will tour the West Indies for three ODIs, a one-off T20I and two Tests between 20 August and 17 September. A home series against Zimbabwe, featuring three Tests and five ODIs will follow from 26 October to 26 November.

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