After it was official that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the ICC for two years, many of his teammates have shown their support for him, report agencies.
Extending their full support towards Shakib, senior Bangladesh cricketers Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and others took to social media to post emotional messages.
ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza said he would spend many sleepless nights after the recent ICC ban on his colleague Shakib Al Hasan but exuded confidence that the star all-rounder will make a successful comeback and lead Bangladesh to the 2023 World Cup.
"Definitely I will spend some sleepless nights in the light of the recent incidents surrounding 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 because the name is Shakib Al Hasan," Mashrafe wrote in Bengali on his twitter handle.
Former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim also offered support to Shakib, saying he cannot even think of taking the field without him and him along with the whole country stands firmly behind him.
"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 come back strongly. We will be waiting for the day @Sah75official Bhai. #WeAreWithShakib," he tweeted.
Mushfiqur also expressed his views on his Instagram handle.
"Age level.. international? over 18 years of playing cricket together, very sad to even think about playing without you on the field. Hoping that you come back soon like a champ. You always have my support and the whole of Bangladesh. Stay strong," he wrote.
Mahmudullah Riyad wrote, "You are still the best among all of us and will remain the same. Our support is with you. May Almighty Allah give you strength. Comeback strongly, champ!"
Taskin Ahmed wrote on Facebook, "Don't worry bhai ..You will come back more stronger than before..In sha Allah.."
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