Banned Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is likely to be back in the International cricket from his one year ban in the Sri Lanka tour.
Last year, Shakib was found of guilty of three charges under the ICC anti-corruption code on October 29. He was banned from all forms of cricket for one year till October 29 this year. However, the 33-year-old is expected to return in Bangladesh’s series against Sri Lanka in October.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have finalised the series and also working out on the entire schedule. As per the reports, Shakib could possibly feature in the three-match T20I series if it takes place.
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo spoke about Shakib’s return and his fitness at that particular time during the series.
“I think Shakib being out for a year is not that much different to the rest of our squad who have been out for six or seven months as well,” Domingo told ESPNcricinfo.
“We are hoping all the players are fit. Obviously, there are standards that they need to attain in terms of fitness level. We have to organize a bit of game time for Shakib, as well as for all the players. It is very difficult to get into international cricket without any sort of cricket. I think we need to try to find some opportunities for him to play some games. He is a world-class player so I am sure he will get back into it pretty soon, but fitness is an important thing.” he concluded.
The entire Bangladesh team has been off the field from the last six months, while Shakib will be out of the action for one solid year.