‘Pandemic and suspension taught me to think about life differently’

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said that his one-year ICC ban for not reporting corrupt approaches from a bookie and the ongoing pandemic helped him to think about life differently.

“Coronavirus and ICC ban helped me to think about life differently…..taught me to generate more ideas. I believe one cannot learn much if he doesn’t go through such a difficult time. When someone comes back from such a position he comes back with more maturity. Now I think differently about what was not even the case a year ago. I think it will help me a lot in the coming days,” said Shakib while he was responding to questions from fans and journalists around the globe on his own YouTube channel on Wednesday.

Shakib will return to the country tonight from the US and will take the field in the Bangabandhu T20 tournament later this month.

With his one-year ICC ban ending on October 29, Shakib’s return to the cricketing sphere was marked by him reclaiming the number-one ODI all-rounder spot without a ball being bowled.

Shakib added that he didn’t miss too much during the one-year ban as there was not much international cricket for Bangladesh due to pandemic.

“I always feel lucky. I think, in this regard I was also lucky as I didn’t miss too many matches. If the national team played many matches and I only watched those, then I could have missed a lot….it’s true.

“It was not possible for me to give much time during the birth of my first daughter. The second girl was lucky and I was also lucky as I could give them enough time,” he added.