It’s been quite a long time since we saw Shakib Al Hasan on the cricket field. He is currently serving a suspension imposed on him by the ICC. He failed to report about an attempt made by a bookie to communicate with him. That’s why the global cricket control body handed him the punishment, which will come to an end on October 29.
Bangladesh’s cricket team suffered a lot without Shakib. The premier all-rounder did a commendable job at the last year’s ODI World Cup. He was one of the top performers of the mega event. Bangladesh lost back to back series against Indian and Pakistan. The tigers badly missed Shakib’s service. Apart from being a wicket-taking bowler, he also comes handy with the willow.
Now it seems he is all ready to make a comeback to the national team. As per a Cricbuzz report, Shakib will likely start playing international cricket with the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka three-match Test series, which is expected to start from October. This bilateral encounter was originally scheduled to take place in June. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series was postponed.
Earlier it was reported that Shakib will soon land in Dhaka from the US, where he has been staying with his family over the last few months. He will start training at BKSP, a sports complex in the national capital. However, the process won’t be easy. Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo believes that the premier all-rounder needs some match practice before donning the national jersey again. ”He will be ready [after completing the individual training session],” Domingo quoted as saying in a Cricbuzz report. ”There is not much he can do. Need to talk with the selectors first and it’s still a long way to go. He does need to play some cricket before he plays for us. Any cricket will be good. All our players will be without any competitive cricket and so it should be the same as him. Any cricket will do,” he added.