Athletic

Shakib still short of full fitness

Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan failed a fitness test on Wednesday morning ahead of a five-team T20 league starting later this month.

Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of BCB, says: “Shakib did well in the test. He was close to the BCB’s standard (at least hitting 11 in beep test). But the trainers are happy with Shakib’s fitness. They think the all-rounder has the ability to do well in the coming days.”

Shakib’s one-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches ended recently. He returned home last Thursday and sparked controversy by violating quarantine rules.

The all-rounder said he was eager to get back to competitive cricket. He played his last recognised cricket back in October 2019 in the Caribbean Premier League.

Shakib might get a chance to make his comeback to international cricket early next year when the West Indies will visit Bangladesh for a full series.

Source: United News of Bangladesh