Monday 24 February 2014 

Video - Mushfiqur Wants Shakib Ban To Be Reduced

Ahead of the start of the Asia Cup later this week, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim says he wants a ban that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) imposed on Shakib Al Hasan to be reduced.

The BCB punished Shakib for making a lewd gesture during the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka, handing a three-match ban.

He missed the final match of the series and will also be ruled out of Bangladesh's first two games in the Asia Cup, against India (26th February) and Afghanistan (1st February).

Rahim says the players have requested that the ban be reduced to give his side the best chance of winning the tournament, which they are hosting for the second time in a row.

"What had happened was not acceptable at all and the suspension is justified," he admitted.

"But as the Asia tournament is a giant one, we have requested (the board) to review the decision if there is any chance.

"We know that such a punishment for a key player could not be harder than this.

"So we have only one request that if the punishment would reduce from three matches to one, it would be good for the interest of the team."

Meanwhile, India have arrived in Bangladesh without regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is injured.

Stand-in captain Virat Kohli says he is excited by the challenge facing him as skipper.

"Well, this is my first big tournament as captain and it's a challenge I'm looking forward to, and we've got a young group of guys here, very exciting players, so I think that excites me, to have a group that I can sort of talk to and have a chat with and be on the same page with," he said.

"I think it's very important to have that understanding and I know all these guys pretty well.

"So it's pretty exciting for me and I hope I can improve on the record, which has been pretty good in all the matches I've captained and I'm looking forward to this tournament as well."

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