Star all-rounder from Bangladesh Shakib-Al-Hasan is gearing up to make a return to international cricket as soon as his ban end on October 29. Incidentally, ICC banned the ace cricketer months after his heroics in the ICC World Cup last year in England.
Shakib had to pay the price for failing to report the approach of bookies. As a result, he violated the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code and had to suffer a ban. Meanwhile, Bangladesh will want their favourite son to be back in action right after the sanction ends.
Shakib Al Hasan to return during Sri Lanka series
As things look now, Shakib Al Hasan might return during Bangladesh’s series against Sri Lanka. Both the boards have agreed to play the bilateral series and as things look, Shakib will return during the proposed three-match T20I series.
SLC chief executive Mohan de Silva confirmed that the two boards have reached an agreement on Bangladesh’s departure date. However, they are still in discussions over whether it will be a two or three-match Test series after the BCB requested a three-match T20I series in addition to the original tour schedule.
“It is more or less [finalized],” de Silva told the Dhaka-based TV channel Maasranga. “We are actually negotiating. They [BCB] want to play three T20Is and three Tests. So we are actually negotiating with them to reduce one Test and then play the T20Is. We will be able to confirm it within a day or two,” he added.
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan will return to training at the BKSP – Bangladesh’s largest sporting institute – from next month. Head coach Russell Domingo has said Shakib’s return will depend on his fitness levels and possibly some match-time under his belt.
Domingo also added that Shakib needs to play some unofficial cricket matches to prove his selection and be available for selection.