ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza wrote a post in Bengali on his Facebook page: "Definitely I will have some sleepless nights seeing the recent incidents of my comrade of 13 years. But I can also sleep in peace soon knowing fully well that he will lead us to the 2023 World Cup final. Because the name is Shakib Al Hasan".
There were other colleagues expressing their anguish too.
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 comeback strongly. We will be waiting for the day @Sah75official bhai. #WeAreWithShakib pic.twitter.com/Obk4IosNgc— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) October 30, 2019
Not just Bangladeshis, former cricketers from elsewhere also took note of the development, but not with the same degree of sympathy for Shakib.
So Shakib Al Hasan's ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad.— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 29, 2019
No sympathy what's so ever for Shakib Al Hasan ... Non what's so ever ... In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & cant do and what that have to report straight away ... 2 yrs isn't enough ... Should have been longer ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019