Everyone is very excited to play with Shakib: Imrul
Shakib Al Hasan has been out of cricket for a year due to the ICC ban. However, his ban is over and Shakib is going to return to the field with Bangabandhu T20 Cup this month.
However, Imrul Kayes can’t wait to play with his long-time friend and teammate Shakib.
Shakib and Imrul will play for Gemcon Khulna in the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Cup. Regarding Shakib’s return, Imrul told Bdcrictime, “Shakib is definitely my good friend. We’ve been playing together in the national team for a long time, it’s been almost twelve years.
“He is a champion player. Since Shakib will start playing after one year, many things may seem new to him. Everyone is very excited to play with Shakib undoubtedly.”
Imrul was the fifth highest run-scorer in the recently concluded BCB President’s Cup. He scored 153 runs in 5 innings at an average of 36.50 with a half-century.
The 33-year old left-handed batsman wants to maintain the confidence he got from there. “The President’s Cup performance was good,” Imrul said. “I was able to play according to the situation. So I will try to maintain that confidence obviously.”
Gemcon Khulna spent the most money in the player’s draft. They took two ‘A’ grade cricketers in Shakib and Mahmudullah Riyad.
Regarding the team, Imrul said, “Alhamdulillah, I think our team is well balanced. If we can play cricket well in the field, there will be opportunities to do better. Of course, everyone enters the field to become champions. We will have that goal too.”
Gemcon Khulna squad: Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Hasan Mahmud, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Al-Amin Hossain, Shamim Hossain Patwary, Ariful Haque, Shafiul Islam, Shuvagata Hom, Shahidul Islam, Rishad Hossain, Zakir Hasan, Nazmul Islam Apu, Salman Hossain and Jahurul Islam.