To prepare for the forthcoming home series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan has joined Legends of Rupganj for the remainder of the Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional club-based event.
Legends chairman Lutfur Rahman Badal confirmed the news on Tuesday, putting an end to doubt about his availability for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, which begins on May 15. The series will be very crucial as World Test Championship (WTC)points are on stake.
Shakib originally signed with the traditional Mohammedan Sporting Club, but the club failed to qualify for the Super Six after the group stage. He was later cleared to play for Legends, who are now in second place on the table with 16 points after 11 games.
He’ll be available starting with our next game. “I’m picking him not because of our league standing, but because of our connection, and because he wants to play (to get some match practise) because he has some (international) matches lined up,” Badal added.
Shakib hasn’t played competitive cricket since the ODI series against South Africa, when he was forced to return home due to a family emergency. The home series preparatory camp will begin on May 8. Shakib had a good run in the series as he picked 3 wickets and made 95 runs at an Fantastic average of 47 in 3 matches. He subsequently went home after the ODI series and missed the test series in which Bangladesh lost by 2-0.
Meanwhile, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedy Hasan have joined Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the Super League after being released by MSC due to international commitments that prevented them from participating in the group stage.