Shakib Al Hasan was slapped with a two-year ban by ICC. (Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh cricket is going through a very bad phase at the moment. The strike by Bangladesh players against the Bangladesh Cricket board first made headlines in the cricket world, now on Tuesday, the world’s best all-rounder Shakib al-Hasan has faced a two-year ban for violating ICC anti-corruption rules.

There has been mixed response from cricket experts and players on this news. The cricket world has split into two factions. Some have sought to increase Shakib’s sentence, while some are standing in support of him. Let’s know what is the opinion of the players on this.

Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has written an emotional message on social media after Shakib’s ban. Mushfiqur Rahim said that he would always support him.

At the same time, Bangladesh fast bowler and former captain Mashrafe Mortaza wrote that he could not sleep properly after hearing the news of Shakib’s ban, but he is satisfied that Bangladesh will play under the captaincy of this all-rounder in the 2023 World Cup.

However, the legendary England batsman and former captain Michael Vaughan have reacted strongly to the ban on the left-handed batsman. He said that there is no need to show sympathy to Shakib, instead, his sentence should have been increased further.

Former Pakistan player Ramiz Raja said in a tweet that Shakib Al Hasan’s ban is a lesson for all sports lovers and players. If you ignore the game and try to be bigger than the game bypassing the rules and protocols, then be prepared for the result.

“The problem between Shakib and the BCB is over a contract clause. It’s not related to cricket. So the team (atmosphere) will not be affected,” Bashar told Indian Express.

The team for the Test series is yet to be finalised and former captain Bashar believes that apart from fast bowling, the batsmen need to convert starts for them to be a force in the longest format of the game.

Bashar acknowledged that it won’t be easy and that the Bangladesh team will really have to work hard but hopes that this where the country as a whole can turn a corner.

Former Bangladesh captain and present national selector Habibul Bashar
Former Bangladesh captain and present national selector Habibul Bashar (Source: TWITTER)