Bangladesh suffered a massive jolt in their build-up to the series against India after their superstar all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was handed a two-year ban, one of which is suspended by the International Cricket Council for failing to report corrupt approaches on numerous occasions. Two years ago, Shakib had received an offer from a bookie, which he did not report to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). Responding to the ICC action, Shakib said that he was "extremely sad" by the ICC action but admitted the charges. However, Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh skipper appointed in place of Shakib, has said the left-arm all-rounder will always be welcome in the team once his ban ends.
"Let me tell you. We loved Shakib, still love Shakib and will continue loving Shakib. And when he comes back, he will be welcomed with open arms. When he enters the dressing room, we will all give him a tight hug," Mahmudullah said. Shakib is likely to miss the World Twenty20 in Australia too because his ban will not be over before the flagship event begins in Australia next year. Shakib's ban ends on October 29, 2020 while the marquee event begins on October 18.
Mahmudullah now wants the younger lot should raise their hands and perform and is happy that they have been able to unearth an effective wrist spinner to go with very strong fast bowling department.
"Young (Aminul Islam) Biplab is a good find. We wanted to have a good wrist spinner in our side. He showed his potential in the last series against Afghanistan. But in India, it will be different conditions. They have been dominating series at their home. It's time for players to grab the opportunity. If you see our fast bowling department, we have good fast bowlers. Mashrafe (Mortaza), Mutafizur Rahaman and Shafi (Mohammed Saifuddin) are experienced. It's a proper opportunity for us to show our performance in this tour," Mahmudullah said.