Bangladesh’s cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan secured nomination from the ruling Awami League to run in the forthcoming 12th parliamentary elections on January 7.

Shakib Al Hasan is stepping into active politics for the first time after securing a nomination from the ruling Awami League to contest the upcoming 12th parliamentary elections on January 7 in the Magura-1 constituency, his home district. While known for community engagement, Shakib’s political foray is a new endeavor.

In the past, former captain Mashrafe Mortaza became an MP from Narail, seeking a nomination again, while BCB President Nazmul Hassan was previously elected as an MP in 2009, marking instances of cricketers’ involvement in Bangladeshi politics.

BCB director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury got nominated for the Moulvibazar seat, while ex-Bangladesh captain Naimur Rahman lost the Manikganj seat. It’s uncommon for active cricketers in politics. Previously, Sanath Jayasuriya from Sri Lanka contested in the 2010 general elections, marking a rare occurrence.

Shakib, recovering from a finger injury after the 2023 World Cup, faced challenges both on and off the field. Bangladesh’s tumultuous tournament began with discord between Shakib and Tamim Iqbal. Their lowest moment was a crushing 87-run loss to the Netherlands. In the Sri Lanka match, Shakib’s controversial call drew criticism, though their win ensured a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy. In his poor form, Shakib managed 186 runs and nine wickets in seven games.

Stepping down as ODI captain, he remains Bangladesh’s T20I skipper. As Bangladesh gears for the 2024 T20 World Cup, how Shakib juggles cricket and his political debut remains uncertain.

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Last Updated on November 27, 2023

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