Shakib set to return in central contracts
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be enlisted into central contracts when he makes return to international cricket in the home series against West Indies in January next year.
Shakib was banned for two years (with last one year being a suspended one) by the ICC last year for failing to report corrupt approaches on three occasions. BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) then removed his name from the list. The ace all-rounder is taking part in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup for Gemcon Khulna after the end of 12-month exile.
BCB director Akram Khan has revealed that Shakib will be brought back to central contract list next year.
“Shakib will be included in the contracts as soon as he starts to play for national team. This is a normal case. If everything is alright, he will be back in the upcoming West Indies series,” Akram said.
Shakib is yet to make valuable contributions with the bat so far in the T20 Cup although his bowling seems to be reflecting the old days. Like everyone else, Akram also hopes Shakib will find his best soon.
“It’s difficult to adjust after coming from a year gap. He is a great player. Since this is T20 and time frame is short, it’s getting difficult for him to adjust quickly. This has had an impact on his performance. I believe he will return to form very soon,” Akram added.
West Indies are due to play three Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is across Dhaka and Chattogram. The tour may see one Test being reduced to shorten bio-bubble period.