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Shakib joins Tigers’ camp

  • Published at 09:54 pm August 24th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan bats in the Mirpur nets Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Shakib al Hasan Saturday returned back to Dhaka from USA hours before joining the national nets as skill training took the center-stage after conditioning camp in the opening week

Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan Saturday joined the ongoing national camp at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka. 

The cricketers following a long break are preparing for the upcoming home series involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in September. 

The series will start with the lone Test match against the Afghans, scheduled to begin from September 5 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

Following his remarkable performance in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, all-rounder had taken a leave and missed Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka for the three-match ODI series in July. 

The left-arm all-rounder Saturday returned back to Dhaka from USA hours before joining the national nets as skill training took the center-stage after conditioning camp in the opening week.

The occasion was the first for newly appointed head coach Russell Domingo meeting the Bangladesh star cricketer.

“Shakib is very tired. He landed (from USA) at three in the morning and came to practice session [Saturday], this is a big thing. This gives out a positive note to the team from the captain,’’ said BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan to the media.

Shakib was in fiery form in the 10-nation World Cup as he scored 606 runs at an average of 86.57 and bagged 11 wickets. 

The left-handed batsman batting at No 3 struck two centuries and five half-centuries. 

The Bangladesh cricketers Saturday started skill training camp as Domingo took charge, while Shakib was seen batting on the center wickets in Mirpur for quite some time. 

After that, Shakib rested while the other members of the team got busy with fielding session.

Following training, the Bangladesh coaching staff along with Shakib met BCB director Akram. 

“Our main point was, how we can improve Bangladesh cricket, both home and away. We used to think about home matches before, but now we have to think about both. And for that, we discussed things which are necessary - the role of the selectors, demand of the captains and how we [the board] can help them,’’ Akram informed.

“Honestly, we have some lackings which we may not feel when we play at home but when we play outside, we feel how important it is. That’s why we decided that we will have same strength both at home and away. We should play well at foreign matches, like at home,’’ he added.

Former Bangladesh captain Akram informed that he is impressed with the plan shared by head coach Domingo and emphasized on the importance of developing pace bowlers, bearing in mind that the wickets now are prepared to encourage the fast bowlers.

‘’Domingo made very good planning. He is a good professional coach. He has good vision for a long period of time. I have seen many coaches since my early days as a player to now, he is different and has better planning. If we and our board can help him, our standard of cricket will improve,’’ said Akram.