Any lesser mortal in Bangladesh might need been censured for being absent for the crew’s World Cup photograph shoot however such is the stature Shakib Al Hasan enjoys that the board merely regretted his no-show and moved on.
The 32-year-old was additionally given permission to overlook the preparatory camp for the World Cup to play within the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan dismissed as merely “disappointing” his departure from the bottom earlier than his crew mates gathered for the official image and there was no punishment for the cricketer.
Shakib has all the time had a hot-and-cold relationship with the media, who’ve criticised him for a scarcity of management over his mood and accused him of letting his achievements go to his head.
He was banned in 2014 for 3 matches for making an indecent gesture throughout a match and the identical yr handed a six-month suspension, later diminished, for a ‘extreme angle downside’.
These achievements on the pitch, nonetheless, have made him all however untouchable.
Shakib has performed near 200 one-day internationals and tops the world rankings for all-rounders. He was additionally the only consultant from his nation within the 2019 version of the IPL.
An attacking middle-order batsman and miserly left-arm spinner, Shakib is second on the lists of runs made and wickets taken for his nation and there may be not one iota of doubt that he’s the perfect cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced.
He’s solely the third man alongside cricketing greats Imran Khan and Ian Botham to take 10 wickets and rating a century in the identical check match.
Made captain a decade in the past on the age of 22, he enjoys the sort of superstar in Bangladesh that may maybe solely be matched by high cricketers in neighbouring India.
A leisurely stroll on the densely-populated streets of Dhaka — capital of the world’s eighth most populous nation — is unthinkable and his wedding ceremony was broadcast reside on nationwide TV in 2013.
Shakib is nicely conscious that the 50-over showpiece in England and Wales will current him with the right alternative to endear himself additional to everybody again dwelling and he needs the utmost publicity doable to take action.
“There was a time after I needed to come on to the crease earlier than the primary 10 overs, even when I batted at quantity 5,” he mentioned.
“However now issues have modified, I don’t get an opportunity to bat earlier than 35-40 overs if I bat on the quantity 5 place.
“For me, I believe, the sooner the higher. So, personally talking, I need to play at quantity three.”