Bangladesh’s top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is facing a ban for not providing information about corrupt contacts, is likely to return to the national team during the Sri Lanka tour this year. Shakib’s ban ends on October 29. Shakib was banned for two years during the Indian Premier League (IPL) by an alleged Indian bookie for not providing information about corrupt contact, with a one-year sentence suspended.
Bangladesh’s Sri Lanka tour is almost certain and given the schedule, Shakib may be part of the proposed three-match T20 series. “ESPNcricinfo” quoted Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo as saying, “Shakib staying out for a year is no different than the rest of the team, who have been away from cricket for 6-7 months”. He said, ‘We are hoping that all the players will be fit. Of course there are standards regarding fitness levels, which they have to achieve. We have to give Shakib and other players a chance to play the match.
However, his fitness will be considered before selection of 33-year-old Shakib. The coach said, ‘It is very difficult to play international cricket without playing any kind of cricket. I think we have to give them a chance to play some matches. He is a world class player so I am sure he will be able to get the rhythm soon, but fitness is the most important thing.
According to reports, Sri Lankan Chief Executive Officer Mohan de Silva has said that the date of departure of Bangladesh has been agreed between the two boards, which has been fixed on 24 September. Both boards, however, are still discussing a two or three-match Test series as the Bangladesh Cricket Board had requested to include a three-match T20 international series in the opening schedule.