Shakib Al Hasan has turned to football as an alternative while serving a ban imposed by the ICC. The all-rounder was earlier banned for 2 years by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches. Shakib played for Footy Hags, against the Korean Expat Team at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka. Footy Hags shared the update on their Facebook page.
Playing in right midfield, Shakib Al Hasan was instrumental as Footy Hags won the game 3-2. They also had some familiar players from the original underground football teams, including Seven Nation Army, DOHS United and Powerpuff Boys. It is not the first instance that all-rounder has associated himself with football. The world No 1 all-rounder in August 2016, had led the Bangladesh Tigers to a 4-1 over Footy Hags in Old DOHS ground, in Dhaka.
Shakib Al Hasan was found guilty for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he failed to report the advances made by a bookie later revealed as Deepak Aggarwal. In the absence of Shakib, Mahmudullah is leading the Bangladesh T20I unit against India. The series is levelled at 1-1 with the final T20I to be played on Sunday at Vidharba Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Mominul Haque will lead Bangladesh in the test series, which will feature the historic Day/Night Test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Shakib Al Hasan has played 328 international games for Bangladesh in a career spanning over 13 years. One of the leading all-rounders of the decade, Shakib has scored more than 11,000 runs across all formats of the game. He has also picked up more than 500 wickets. The 32-year-old would hope there’s enough cricket left in him to make a possible comeback after the completion of his ban.