Shakib to skip Bangladesh training camp to focus on IPL
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is not linking up with his teammates in team’s training camp ahead of the tri-nation series in Ireland and has instead chosen to stay back in India in a bid to continue his participation in IPL 2019, BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Monday (April 22).
Shakib was expected to join the national team’s World Cup preparatory camp, starting from April 22, since he wasn’t getting a regular spot in the playing eleven of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. According to Cricbuzz, BCB had sent a letter to Shakib telling him of the training camp and the productive all-rounder did confirm his participation.
With foreign player slots gradually opening up for more space in the SRH department, Shakib has preferred to stay back in India and also sought the board’s permission regarding this.
Shakib recently recuperated from a finger injury because of which he could not join the national team for the tour of New Zealand. He was earlier granted a no-objection certificate to make himself available for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
But with David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson in the ranks, Shakib was unable to get selected in the playing eleven (regularly). Nonetheless, Bairstow’s departure opens an opportunity for Shakib according to BCB officials, which he wants to make use of it.
“Shakib was expected to arrive on April 23 but now that is not happening,” Akram said. “He has informed us that as someone had left from the Sunrisers [set-up] there is a chance that he might play and so he wanted to stay back.
“We have given him the permission as we believe if he can play it will always be good for him leading up to the tri-nation in Ireland,” Akram added.
Shakib is now likely to team up with the Bangladesh squad on just before their departure for Ireland, scheduled May 1.
Courtney Walsh who is the pace bowling coach said that it is a blessing in disguise for Shakib if he gets more match practice in the IPL itself.
“Well, he is in India with his IPL team and I think it’s good for him to be there to get some match practice if he can. I think that match fitness for him right now is the key. He was injured; he was practising for quite some time. Personally, I would like him to play a couple of games in the IPL to get a bit sharper for of the World Cup,” Walsh said.