According to Steve Rhodes, nothing can be better for Shakib al Hasan than match-time, bearing in mind he was out of competitive cricket after recovering from an injury picked up in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 this year
Bangladesh cricket team head coach Steve Rhodes is optimistic all-rounder Shakib al Hasan would stay back in the Indian Premier League T20 with Sunrisers Hyderabad, rather than join the ongoing national camp.
Shakib was informed by the BCB regarding the start of the national camp for the tri-nation ODI series in Ireland and the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
After playing only one game since the start of the tournament in March, Shakib had initially decided to come back and join the Tigers.
But soon the decision changed and Shakib chose to stay back for the Sunrisers as a few of the overseas cricketers are set to leave and join their respective national camps.
Shakib, following the decision, had faced severe backlash from the Bangladesh cricket supporters.
The cricket fanatics were disappointed that Shakib chose to stay for the franchise, rather than join the national camp.
Rhodes however, justified the decision of the all-rounder.
According to the English coach, nothing can be better for Shakib than match-time, bearing in mind he was out of competitive cricket after recovering from an injury picked up in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 this year.
“It is one of the reason why I thought Shakib would stay in India. Get a game or two. It is a risk, but I was hoping he got two or three games for Sunrisers. He is getting the practice. I thought he looked sharp, fit and quick in the field. It is always a good sign for Shakib. I just hope they play him in a couple of games. Even the best all-rounder in the world needs game-time,” said Rhodes to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.
Sunrisers, No 4 on the points table, have played 10 matches and won half of them until Thursday.
And off the 10, Shakib got to play only two, the last against Chennai Super Kings Tuesday.
“Two good things are happening, actually. One, he is being starved of cricket. When you are used to playing a lot, you get hungry to play cricket. The other one is that, he is being left out of the SRH team. He will have a lot to prove in the big stage. I think Bangladesh will benefit from both,” said the former English wicketkeeper-batsman.
Shakib is scheduled to return to Dhaka Sunday and following a couple of days’ rest, join the team when they travel to Ireland Wednesday.