Bangladesh Captain Shakib Al Hasan Declared Fit for the 2023 World Cup Opener Against Afghanistan on October 7 in Dharamshala. Shakib Al Hasan was previously injured during a practice session, causing him to miss the warm-up match against Sri Lanka.
However, Najmul Hossain Shanto, leading the team in a warm-up match against England in Guwahati, confirmed Shakib’s return to fitness. Despite Shakib’s absence, Bangladesh convincingly defeated Sri Lanka by chasing down the target of 264 in 42 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan’s performance is crucial for Bangladesh’s prospects in the tournament. He is their leading run-scorer in World Cups, amassing 1146 runs in 29 matches at an average of 45.84, including two centuries and ten half-centuries.
Additionally, he holds the record as their top wicket-taker in tournament history, claiming 34 wickets at an average of 35.94 each. Shakib al Hasan Gets Medical Green Light for Bangladesh’s Opening Game in the 2023 World Cup
In the 2019 World Cup, the experienced player was also their top run-scorer, impressively amassing 606 runs in eight matches at an outstanding average of 86.67. Additionally, he contributed with the ball, taking 11 wickets at an average of 36.27.
Bangladesh’s performance has been inconsistent as they approach the 2023 World Cup
Bangladesh’s recent form hasn’t been ideal as they exited the group stage in the Asia Cup held in Sri Lanka. Their lone victory in the tournament came against India.
Subsequently, Bangladesh, without Shakib and many of their preferred players, suffered defeat in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand on their home turf.
Captain: Shakib Al Hasan, Vice-Captain: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.