Dhaka - Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has pledged on Sunday to "behave in a more
mature way" in future as he begged Bangladesh cricket authorities to
review a six-month ban for bad behaviour.
Shakib, the country's
most popular sportsman, made a passionate public plea to the Bangladesh
Cricket Board (BCB) which imposed the ban this month because of his
"severe attitude problem".
"Nothing can be more painful than
staying away from cricket," Shakib, the world's leading all-rounder,
said in his first comments since the ban.
"I sincerely apologise
to the BCB and the Bangladesh cricket team if they are embarrassed at my
behaviour," the 27-year-old said.
Reading out a statement after
filing for a review of his suspension at BCB headquarters, Shakib said
he accepted that he had not acted "properly on many occasions".
He apologised to the fans "who were always supportive of the Bangladesh cricket team".
"I am determined to behave in a more mature way in the future," he said outside the headquarters in Dhaka.
the best cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced, was banned from all
forms of competitive cricket for six months, ruling him out of
Bangladesh's tour of the West Indies in August.
Shakib, who has a
history of discipline problems, was also barred from playing in any
cricket leagues abroad until December next year -- even after his ban on
international cricket expires.
The suspension came after he
reportedly threatened to quit international cricket when he was called
back to Dhaka before his planned appearance in the Caribbean Premier
League Twenty20 tournament.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan said
Shakib was travelling to the Caribbean without any clearance from the
BCB. He had also "misbehaved" with the new national coach Chandika
Hathurusinghe, Hassan said without giving any details.
Bangladesh team is above everything to me. I always play for it giving
everything and I will give everything for the Bangladesh team in
future," Shakib said.
"I have grown up at the BCB with the
Bangladesh team. It is a very emotional place for me. From that position
I appeal to the board to reconsider my suspension."
banned for three matches in February for an indecent gesture to local
fans, a suspension that kept him out of key Asia Cup matches.
month Shakib beat up a spectator who reportedly used abusive language
against the player's wife during an Bangladesh-India match.
left-hander has played 34 Tests, scoring 2 278 runs with a batting
average of 37.96 and taken 122 wickets, the country's highest.
He has played 134 one-day internationals scoring 3 835 runs and taking 171 wickets.