Shakib’s absence like losing two players: Mominul



Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque on Wednesday said the absence of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be like missing two players, as the team prepared for their two-Test series in India.

Bangladesh arrived in India in shock after Shakib was handed a two-year ban, with one-year suspended, for failing to declare illegal approaches by a bookmaker in 2018.

Shakib will miss next year’s World T20 in Australia.

The Tigers are also missing opener Tamim Iqbal, who took a break due to family reasons.

“We are missing three players in two players. Shakib bhai (brother) is two players in one,” Mominul told reporters on the eve of the first Test in Indore.

“It is challenging, but I also see it as a chance to do well for the rest of the players,” he added.

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