Bangladesh news July 6, 2014

'I never said I would quit' - Shakib


Shakib Al Hasan has denied making any threat to retire from Tests and ODIs to Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha, but he apologised to the coach for a spat regarding his return from the CPL. He said that BCB's cricket operations chairman Akram Khan had given him the green signal to leave for Barbados on July 2.

"I did not make this comment, it was the coach's comment," Shakib told reporters at the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. "Why should I say something like this? If I get angry and tell my father that I don't want to eat, will it come out in the news? It is a simple issue. If I didn't wish to play for Bangladesh, would I have returned today? I would have left without telling anyone. I want to play for Bangladesh at least till the 2023 World Cup."

Later in a separate press briefing at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, he said that he had apologised to the coach for the spat they had had. Shakib had wanted to stay in the Caribbean till the end of the CPL (August 16) and join the Bangladesh team in West Indies before the first ODI on August 20, while Hathurusingha wanted him to play till July 30 and return to Dhaka and join the Bangladesh team.

"I was angry and I said a few things that I shouldn't have, but I said sorry and he accepted that as well," Shakib said. "Because I was on a flight for ten hours I couldn't talk to him and that's why he probably complained in a letter. I didn't have time to talk to him. I tried to reason with him and explain that should I come back for just ten days? He told me that look this is a team game and asked me to stay in the camp. He showed his logic and I showed mine. At the end of the day it went his way."

Shakib said that before he left for Barbados, he had spoken to Akram after speaking to two other BCB officials on July 1 and 2. Back in December, Shakib obtained a No Objection Certificate for playing in the MCC-Rest of the World match, and he had thought it was the same NOC for CPL.

"I have always obtained the NOC before going to all these leagues," Shakib said. "Tamim [Iqbal] and I took NOC for the ROW-MCC game. I thought it was the same NOC for CPL, but Sabbir bhai [cricket operations manager Sabbir Khan] told me that it wasn't the CPL's NOC.

"The day before I left, I asked Sabbir bhai what to do. He told me to call [acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury] Sujon bhai. But he was in Malaysia from where he told to speak to Akram bhai, who said he was in Chittagong so he won't be able to sign the NOC. He said, Leave the NOC with Sabbir, I will sign it. Go to CPL, play well. This is what happened."

Shakib has pleaded innocent, and hopes to get the BCB's clearance to play in the CPL. "I can't say any further because I have to speak to the board, but I think it is a matter of miscommunication," Shakib said. "I think it will all be clear after I talk to Papon bhai [BCB president Nazmul Hasan]. I don't think there is any mistake from my side. But the board will decide about me. If I am given permission, I will go."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Farhan on July 7, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    The fault here is not only Shakib's. I cant believe how immature BCB is that they came to media with such matter before talking to all party. May be it was just a matter of miscommunication and could have been dealt with quietly. This is really unprofessional behavior from both party

  • Marcel on July 7, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    shakib u shud take sm learnings from players like sangakara. he is current greats of cricket & yet alwz calm & nvr in any type of controversy execpt WC 2011 final match toss incident.

  • Abdul on July 7, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Just because he is our best player he does not have any right to be disobedient and destroy team morals and integrity. Shakib must know that without a team he is nothing. Cricket is not played by one player but 11.

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    We love you and proud of you. You are an idle to youngster. Discipline is key element of all success. nevertheless shit happens. so please don't make fool of us or yourself anymore. all great players are very gentle and beyond of all debate. You know why !! they love their country unconditionally. look at Bradman, Sachin, or Lara and many more, they became an institution or an encyclopedia a true idle to millions of people across the globe. Calm down, be positive, play your game. Do for you team and next generation. BCB made you today's Shakib and respect their rules, terms and conditions and we will be keep loving you for your dedication on the field. good luck

  • sohel on July 6, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    salman@ you should concentrate how to bring international cricket in to your country rather then commenting on Bangladesh cricket !!

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Better from Shakib....... Hope the people at the BCB won't follow the example of Paul whatever and co at the ECB, and instead find a working solution to the issues.

  • sohel on July 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Salman@don't forget this guy( Shakib) give us lot of pride and give smile to your face, my face and rest of the Bangladeshis face ? so bit more respect would be great !

  • Khondker S on July 6, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    I hope everything clears out well and sakib can go for CPL.

  • Dummy on July 6, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    I cant understand why these management doeant let their players to go and play league games. Shakib didnt try to play soccer in cpl it is cricket as well. Also Bangladesh going to play in west indies so it is much better if he play there before the tournament. When players get these problem it is fare to leave the international cricket and just play league.

  • Android on July 6, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    the fact that shakib is here in bd proves his comitment to bangladesh. Because of his past performance he has earned the right to argue his point so bd fans please dont hate him. However, Shakib please clean your act before we fans loose respect for you.

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