Bangladesh’s cricket star Shakib Al Hasan, renowned for his all-round skills, has entered the political arena by contesting parliamentary elections for the Awami League in the Magura-1 constituency, his hometown. Aged 36, Shakib, currently recovering from a finger injury sustained during the ICC World Cup 2023, joins the ranks of other cricket figures like BCB president Nazmul Hassan and director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, who are active in politics. Former captain Mashrafe Mortaza has also previously served as a Member of Parliament.
The looming parliamentary elections on January 7, 2024, coincide with Shakib’s sidelined status, prompting speculation about his participation in the upcoming Bangladesh tour of New Zealand. His venture into politics reflects a broader trend of cricketers engaging in governance, blending sports and political commitments.
Bangladesh navigates this intersection, the dual roles of cricketer and political candidate highlight the diverse paths individuals in the public eye may pursue, impacting both the cricketing landscape and the country’s political sphere. The potential dual responsibilities for Shakib add an intriguing layer to his career trajectory, creating anticipation and questions about his future contributions in both arenas.