Shakib returning home for ‘face-to-face’ meeting with Papon...

Shakib returning home for ‘face-to-face’ meeting with Papon

 Sports Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:30 PM, 12 August 2022   Updated: 03:31 PM, 12 August 2022

BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon and Shakib Al Hasan; File Photo

BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon and Shakib Al Hasan; File Photo

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was scheduled to announce the squad of the Bangladesh cricket team for the upcoming Asia Cup on Thursday (August 11), however, the board could not announce the squad till now due to the controversy related to Shakib Al Hasan’s Betwinner News.

In the end, Shakib himself confirmed the cancellation of the contract with Betwinner News. However, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon is not willing to make any decision about the Asia Cup squad and the new T20I captain without a face-to-face discussion with Shakib Al Hasan.

For this, Shakib will return to the country at 3 am on Saturday (August 12) to discuss with the BCB chief. Later, they will sit in the meeting in the morning. BCB will announce this year’s Asia Cup squad after discussions with Shakib.

In the meeting with Shakib, BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon will mainly ask about the reason for his contract with Betwinner News and his future thoughts. Shakib may be given the long-term T20 captaincy besides the Asia Cup if he gets a satisfactory answer there.

Nazmul Hasan Papon has been tight-lipped about these issues so far. Earlier, Shakib signed a contract with Betwinner News on August 2. Although he has a contract with an online news portal, Betwinner News is primarily a subsidiary of the gambling-based Betwinner.

BCB basically took a strict stand as Shakib signed a contract with such a site. Papon even said that this cricketer will have to “quit cricket” if he enters into an agreement with the betting site organization. Finally, Shakib made a verbal announcement to leave the contract with Betwinner News.

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