Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, just after he had become eligible to play cricket again, faced huge backlash for breaking a selfie-seeking fan's phone on his way to Kolkata via Benapole check-post. The veteran cricketer has been heavily criticised for inaugurating Kali Puja in Kolkata as well.
Shakib, in a video on Sunday, clarified these things and spoke in detail about what actually happened.
He said that he did not break that fan's mobile phone intentionally. "I don't understand how I would be benefitted by breaking someone's mobile phone. I never did this intentionally."
"I was trying to keep myself safe as there was a lot of people. Everyone was trying to take photos. But I was trying to do the necessary things without coming in close proximity with people," added Shakib.
"A selfie-seeker was all over me, trying to take a photo. I was trying to keep him away from me and in the process, my hand collided with his and his phone fell down. I am really sorry for what happened but he also needed to be more careful."
Shakib also spoke in detail about the Kali Puja incident. "This is of course very sensitive. First of all, I consider myself to be a proud Muslim and we are not beyond mistakes. I apologise to you all if I had made any mistake," he said.
In addition, the all-rounder mentioned, "It was all over the media that I went to Kolkata to inaugurate the Kali Puja which I never did. I can prove that too. Ask the journalists who were there and they will be able to tell you who actually inaugurated it. If you see the invitation card, you yourself will see who did it."
Shakib said that he was requested to light a lamp there on his way back to his car. "I was there for two minutes. Paresh da, who invited me there, requested me to light a lamp. Then the journalists requested me to pose with him for the camera. The Kali Puja was inaugurated before I was there."
Shakib once again apologised for that and said that he will try to make sure this doesn't happen again. "For those two minutes, people are thinking that I inaugurated the Kali Puja. I didn't do that and as a practising Muslim, I will never do this. But still, if you think that I made a mistake, I apologise to all of you. I will try to make sure that this never happens again," Shakib concluded.