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Bangladesh Elections: National Cricket Team Skipper Shakib Al Hasan Wins Parliament Seat

Bangladeshi cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan won a seat in the country's parliament Sunday after a landslide victory in a general election boycotted by the opposition.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan reacts during the match against Netherlands in Kolkata.
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Bangladesh national cricket team skipper Shakib Al Hasan won a seat in the country's parliament on Sunday after a landslide victory in the general election boycotted by the opposition. (More Cricket News)

The 36-year-old all-rounder, who is the captain of his cricket side in all formats, beat his rival by a margin of 150,000 votes in his constituency in the western town of Magura, the district's chief administrator Abu Naser Beg said.

Speaking ahead of the elections, Shakib had stated that he wasn't facing any obstacle but was anxious about the contest. "The competition and challenges are always there, be it a small team or big team," he was quoted in AFP.

When asked as how will manage to balance his duties with cricket and politics, Shakib went all guns blazing. "Did I retire?" he asked during campaigning. "If I haven't retired, then where does this question come from?"

Shakib is known to be quite ill-disciplined on the field. During the ODI World Cup last year, the Bangladeshi was amid a controversial dismissal of Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews when the latter was timed out for arriving late at the crease.
(With Agency input)

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