Shakib likely to return home Thursday

Bangladeshi world famous allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is scheduled to return home on Thursday from the USA after one month.

The 33-year-old all-rounder is expected to return to play cricket as his suspension period ended on October 28.

He can take part in the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 tournament if he could pass mandatory fitness test.

National selector Habibul Bashar said that Shakib will have to prove that he is fit by securing the required points in the beep test adding that he is confident, it won’t be a problem for him.

“Shakib will have to pass the mandatory beep test. I am sure it won’t be a problem considering he had worked hard in the recent past,” said Habibul on Sunday.

The schedule for the fitness test will be announced after the finalisation of the player list for the draft while BCB decided that cricketers will have to get 11 in the beep test.

Shakib stayed with his in-laws in the US for over five months before returning to Bangladesh on September 2. Three days later, he began an intense individual training programme at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) away from the media spotlight. The training camp had to stop after four weeks and his plan to make an international comeback during the Test series against Sri Lanka was put on hold with the series being postponed.

Bangladesh was supposed to miss the service of Shakib in many international matches. But the Covid-19 situation prevented the cricket world from holding any international game for the last few months and thus Bangladesh did not miss Shakib that much.

The allrounder represented Bangladesh in 56 Tests, 206 ODIs and 76 T20 Internationals, and amassed 3862, 6323 and 1567 runs respectively. He also hit 14 centuries and 80 half-centuries.