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Cannot believe we have to play without you: Mustafizur Rahman on Shakib Al Hasan's ban

On Tuesday, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was banned for two years, with one year of that suspended, after accepting three charges of breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code

Cannot believe we have to play without you: Mustafizur Rahman on Shakib Al Hasan's ban
New Delhi, First Published Oct 30, 2019, 5:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Days after the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for two years for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code, teammate Mustafizur Rahman on Wednesday (October 30) said he could not believe that the team has to play without him.

"Don't know what should I say. Still I can't able to believe that we have to play without you. But I know and believe one thing that you will be definitely come back strongly. We will be waiting for the day @Sah75official bhai. #WeAreWithShakib," Rahman tweeted.

The all-rounder accepted the charges and agreed to the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.

Shakib will be able to resume international cricket from October 29, 2020. However, it is subject to him satisfying the conditions of the sanction.

After being banned by the ICC, Shakib said, "I am obviously sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches. The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption, and I didn't do my duty in this instance."

"Like the majority of players and fans around the world, I want cricket to be a corruption-free sport, and I am looking forward to working with the ICC ACU team to support their education programme and ensure young players don't make the same mistake I did," he added.

Shakib also decided to step down from the Marylebone Cricket Club's Cricket Committee after being banned.

"We are sorry to lose Shakib from the committee, where he has made a great contribution over the last couple of years. As guardians of the spirit of cricket we support his resignation and believe this was the right decision," Mike Gatting, chairman of the World Cricket Committee said.

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