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“We have asked him that if there can be any consideration for the sake of the team, whether his suspension can be reduced”
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has called on the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to reduce the three-match ban imposed on all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
Al Hasan was banned after making obscene gestures when he was dismissed during the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mirpur.
Rahim, along with head coach Shane Jurgensen and pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza, urged the BCB to reduce Al Hasan’s ban as he will miss the first two Asia Cup matches Bangladesh will be involved in.
“We have talked to [BCB president Nazmul Hassan] Papon bhai,” Rahim said. “We said that we respect the board’s decision and whoever does such a thing should be punished. There is no greater punishment for a player than suspension.
“We have asked him that if there can be any consideration for the sake of the team, whether his suspension can be reduced. Papon bhai has said that he will look into the matter.”
Rahim revealed that he made the request since opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the tournament with a neck injury, while Mortaza is currently dealing with knee problems and he himself has not been able to wicketkeep due to a finger injury he suffered recently.
“Tamim [Iqbal] isn’t playing while Mashrafe bhai is an injury concern,” Rahim said. “I am not sure whether I can keep wickets. This is why we made the request.
“The coach, Mashrafe bhai and I don’t have an obligation to bring back Shakib. We have thought only in the best interest of the Bangladesh team. He is an important player, and by picking him, I don’t have to think about an extra batsman and bowler. The board will decide because we have only made a request.”
However, a BCB director, who refused to be named, admitted that a reduction in Al Hasan’s ban is unlikely to happen.
“I don’t think the ban will be reduced,” the director said. “The decision is already taken, so there is very little chance that we will reconsider it.”