Sakib clears smoke over fan video


Test and Twenty20 international skipper Sakib al Hasan on Wednesday said the recently published video clip which created a huge controversy only showed the one side of the story while he requested the fans not to make rash judgments based on the video.
A fan video of Sakib went viral in the social media on Tuesday that showed he was reacting angrily to a fan at the hotel lobby during the Tigers’ US tour.
‘Dear fans and followers, it has come to my notice that a video clip has been uploaded of me and a so-called ‘fan’ arguing in our hotel lobby after our grueling match against the West Indies. The clip doesn’t convey the entire sequence of events and is shown out of context,’ Sakib said in a Facebook post.
‘My humble request to you is that you don’t take it personally when one of us can’t meet your requests, as the situation we are in might be different from what you’re seeing. Please do not rush to make judgment or form opinions about us without trying to understand whether we are in good mood or bad mood,’ he added.
About that incident, Sakib said he was not in a position to give out autographs at that time as he was carrying his baggage while his hands were full.
‘I, like my team-mates, were exhausted after back-to-back matches and just wanted to go back to our rooms. We were carrying our own equipment and bags and my hands were full so I wasn’t in a position to give out autographs at the time,’ said Sakib.
Urging his fans to be understandable in some situations, he said controversies like this usually make the entire struggle and hard works unbearable.
‘I, along with my team-mates, usually try to spend time with our fans and also share moments by taking selfies and giving our autographs. But fans also need to understand that we are human beings too and give our all one the field fighting for our national colours.
‘Are we not allowed to be busy or tired? We understand and appreciate your support for the team and us, and we will always give it our all to ensure that we honour it on and off the field. However, times like this sometimes makes the entire struggle and hard-work unbearable and difficult to cope with,’ Sakib added.
Several social media subscribers earlier told that this incident was the consequences of his post related to the protests of safe roads while Sakib denied all the allegations.
‘I love my fans and I play for them whether it’s for the national team or any other league team, but at the same time I expect respect, love and most importantly understanding from you all,’ said Sakib.
‘I love some people [who follow me or not] will try to make an issue out of nothing, but this petty mentality needs to change if you expect us to do better.
‘The matches are difficult as it is and we really don’t need this added pressure. From one human being to another, thanks for understanding,’ he added.