Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh is hopeful that Shakib will get to play a few matches before coming back.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s NOC for the India Premier League T20 2019 has been extended until April 28. The left arm all-rounder was scheduled to join the ongoing Bangladesh camp today as the Tigers are preparing for the tri-nation series in Ireland, followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Given the fact that Shakib has played only one game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League, the Bangladesh Cricket Board wanted him to join the Bangladesh camp. However, the situation for Shakib in the Surisers setup has been changed as another foreign all-rounder of the team, English cricketer Jonny Bairstow revealed that he will not be available from April 23 onwards. Bairstow's departure has opened up new possibilities for Shakib to get some action for the Sunrisers, having played his last and only game for the franchise on the opening day of the season on March 24.
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh is hopeful that Shakib will get to play a few matches before coming back. The former Windies pace legend believes the match conditions in IPL T20 is going to give Shakib better experience than merely attending some practice sessions.
“I think it’s good for him [Shakib] to be there to get some match practice if he can. Unfortunately for us, he hasn’t played many games as of yet. We are still hopeful that he plays. I think the experience of the atmosphere and conditions there are good for him to prepare if he is going to get a game or two. I think that match fitness for him, right now, is the key. He was injured; he was practicing for quite some time. Personally, I would like him to play a couple of games in the IPL to get a bit sharper for the World Cup,” said Walsh to the media, yesterday.
The Bangladesh national camp began at Mirpur on Monday. It is understood that Shakib will return to Dhaka on April 28 and following a few days of rest, he will travel to Ireland with the team on May 1. Only five members of the Tigers’ squad reported on day one as most are busy with the ongoing Dhaka Premier League.