Ex-Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has said Shakib Al Hasan didn't take reporting bookie approach too seriously. "This is going to be a shock to the system...What Shakib is going through is hard to explain in words," he said about Shakib's ban.
Shakib got banned by the ICC for failing to report corrupt practices on three occasions. Ashraful, 35, said he felt sad for seeing a fellow player suffer a similar fate. “I had the belief that no Bangladeshi cricketer would get into this kind of trouble after me,” he said.
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Mustafa Kamal, who is now the Finance Minister in the Bangladesh government, said Shakib Al Hasan’s ban is a big loss for the country. "Shakib has shown his honesty by owning up to the mistake. But he should have informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board or the Bangladesh Prime Minister earlier," he added.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sympathized with star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan and stated that the country's cricket board will stand by their Test and T20I captain in this difficult period.
Shakib, who is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder, has found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and charged for not reporting approaches from an alleged Indian bookie, Deepak Aggarwal, twice during a tri-series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe in January 2018 and once during the IPL in April 2018.