‘Shakib won’t take long to get back to rhythm’
Shakib was earlier supposed to return in international cricket against Sri Lanka but with the tour getting postponed due to COVID restrictions, he now has to delay a bit longer.
The premier all-rounder went back to USA after the postponement of Sri Lanka tour. However, he is expected to return to Bangladesh to take part in a five-team T20 tournament organised by BCB in a bio-secure bubble. The tournament is likely to commence in mid-November.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Mahmudullah has said his team is all up to welcome the superstar of Bangladesh.
“Our boy is coming back home, which makes me very happy. We know that Shakib has been the best player for so many years, for the Bangladesh cricket team. We are all eagerly waiting for his return to the dressing room. It feels good to know that we can see him, talk to him and spend time with him,” he said.
Shakib took part in a sole practice campaign in the BKSP during his short stay in Bangladesh in September. Mahmudullah hopes Shakib will find his form quickly.
“Shakib is a champion player. I think it won’t take him long to get back to rhythm. I believe that he will get it back as soon as he enters the cricket field.
“The biggest thing is that we can fill up the gap that his absence had created. He always makes important contributions with the bat and ball,” he added
Bangladesh missed Shakib’s presence in India tour last year, Pakistan tour and home series against Zimbabwe this year. The Tigers won one T20I against India and completed a 6-0 international series whitewash over Zimbabwe which included one-off Test, three ODIs and two T20Is.
West Indies are scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a bilateral series that includes World Test Championship and CWC Super League matches in January 2021. If all goes right Shakib will be back in Bangladesh colours in January.