Former Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan on Wednesday said that he missed donning the national jersey and playing international cricket for the Bangladesh team.
‘Naturally I am missing it,’ Sakib told reporters at a programme arranged by Lifebuoy at the capital, where they extended their contract with Sakib as their brand ambassador for another three years.
‘When you are involved with something for a long time, whether you like that thing or not and whether you want or not, you will miss it. It’s no different in my case,’ he added.
Sakib, who is currently serving a two-year ban [one year suspended ban] by the International Cricket Council for failing to report multiple corrupt approaches, has not taken part in any cricketing activities for almost three months and his ban will finally end on October 29 this year.
In every sport worldwide, on and off field controversies have an adverse effect on a players’ image and the players end up losing their sponsorships.
But despite getting entangled in this spot-fixing controversy, the sponsorship and brand endorsements of the ace all-rounder have remained unaffected as Sakib continues to be one of the most popular sports personalities of the country.
Sakib said that he was overwhelmed by the undeterred support of the countrymen and aimed to reward their love when he finally gets back on the cricket field.
‘When alive, a person can’t really understand his importance to others. In my case, what is happening is that I am getting to experience my importance to others while I am still alive,’ Sakib said.
‘As everyone is showing so much love and support for me, my responsibility is increasing even more. I will try to repay this love,’ he added.
The 32-year old, however, didn’t want to make any specific promises to the fans as he felt it wasn’t the correct time.
‘You will have to wait for that. If I claim something right now and fail to prove it later than it won’t be very nice. My claim will not have any credibility. There is an opportune time for everything. Only time will tell,’ Sakib said.
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