Shakib Al Hasan will run for parliament from his home area. Shakib Al Hasan will run in the Magura-1 constituency, which is his home district.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Bangladesh’s renowned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will run in the parliamentary elections after the ruling Awami League confirmed his nomination. The 36-year-old will run for the Magura-1 constituency in his native area. The elections are set for January 7, 2024. The experienced all-rounder is presently rehabilitating from a finger injury suffered during the last ODI World Cup 2023.
Notably, Shakib is not the first cricketer to enter politics; BCB president Nazmul Hassan has been an MP since 2009 after receiving a nomination from the Kishoreganj constituency. BCB director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury has a nomination for the Moulvibazar seat. Furthermore, former Bangladesh cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza elect as an MP in the last elections and receive a nomination this year as well.
Meanwhile, with Bangladesh due to travel New Zealand for a multi-format series. It is unclear whether Shakib would be available for the team after his political campaign concludes.
Bangladesh look to make amends after below-par World Cup
New Zealand will play Bangladesh in a multi-format series beginning November 28 with two Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is. Bangladesh will go to New Zealand for the white-ball series after playing two Tests at home from December 11 to December 31.
It would be intriguing to observe how Bangladesh do against New Zealand following their disappointing performance in the just ended ODI World Cup 2023. Bangladesh, captain by Shakib, were eliminate in the group stage of the competition, failing to advance to the knockout stages for the second time. The team lost seven games, with only two victories over Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh, on the other hand, secured a place in the 2025 Champions Trophy by placing eighth in the points standings.