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Shakib granted NOC to play UAE T20X

  • Published at 07:10 pm October 31st, 2018
Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan reacts after arriving in Dhaka in October Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Shakib al Hasan would like to go through a “check” of his physical state through participating in the maiden edition of the UAE T20X in December this year

Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan hinted of a return to the national team through the home series against the West Indies in November-December. 

Shakib has been recovering from an injured left little-finger and the progress of recovery is giving the Bangladesh all-rounder confidence to make a comeback through the home series.

Shakib however, would like to go through a “check” of his physical state through participating in the maiden edition of the UAE T20X in December this year. 

Though the BCB was initially negative in issuing an NOC to Shakib for the T20X, the recent shift in decision is likely to see him allowed for the T20 league.

“There is no given time frame (of my recovery) but will be great if I can return (through the Windies series). At this point there is no guarante. But the way I am recovering there is a good chance,” said Shakib to the media yesterday.

“It is a good thing (of BCB giving the NOC for T20X). That tournament will be a good platform for me to prepare and test myself before returning to the national fold. Preparation is necessary because I am coming back from a severe injury after a long gap. So, those matches (in T20X) should help me to get back in rhythm,” the ace all-rounder said.

The UAE T20X will be staged from December 19 till January 11 next year. 

Shakib had requested NOC from the BCB to put his name in the players’ draft, scheduled for November.

With Shakib and opening batsman Tamim Iqbal out of action from the Bangladesh squad due to their respective injuries, the Tigers are preparing to take on visiting Zimbabwe in the first of the two-match Test series. 

Under the captaincy of Mahmudullah, Bangladesh will lock horns with Zimbabwe in the first Test at Sylhet International Stadium, starting Saturday. 

The Tigers have gone into the series with the momentum of a 3-0 ODI series sweep. 

Shakib thought his absence would not create any problem for the Tigers in the forthcoming Test series. 

“I do not see any reason for this (Test) series to be tough for Bangladesh. I don’t think there should be any problem. Our team is very much capable. It is not because the opponent is Zimbabwe but we have proven ourselves once again in the recent Asia Cup. The team is doing really well without the two of us (himself and Tamim),” said Shakib.