Mahmudullah, Shakib begin preparation

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah began his individual training as he recovered from the corona virus after being tested negative recently.

Mahmudullah received back-to-back good news, first testing negative for Covid-19 and then getting appointed as captain of Gemcon Khulna for the upcoming Bangabandhu Twenty20 Cup.

Mahmudullah, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 on November 8, announced on his verified Facebook and Twitter handles on Tuesday that he has tested negative for the virus.

‘Assalamualaikum. Alhamdulillah, by the grace of Almighty Allah, I have been tested corona negative yesterday [Monday]. Now will try to be back on the field as soon as possible In Sha Allah. Thanks for all of your prayers, love and support,’ the statement read.

Mahmudullah was drafted as one of the foreign players for Pakistan Super League team Multan Sultans and was supposed to leave the country for Pakistan on November 10 but tested positive for COVID-19 in mandatory test before air travel.

But Mahmudullah got some consolation a few days later when he got picked by Gemcon Khulna franchise in the players’ draft for Bangabandhu T20 cup where he was placed in ‘A’ category with a price tag of Tk 15 lakhs.

Gemcon earlier owned the Bangladesh Premier League franchise Khulna Titans where Mahmudullah donned the captain’s role for three seasons.

Khulna also had the returning Shakib Al Hasan in their squad but they kept their faith on Mahmudullah. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan started his practice for the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Cup.

Shakib who served a ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to his failure to report corrupt approaches will return to competitive cricket with the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Cup. He was recruited by the Gemcon Khulna team in the players’ draft on November 12.

Shakib in fact had completed a four-week training camp with his mentors Mohammad Salahuddin and Nazmul Abedeen Fahim at the BKSP in September. The training was conducted mostly behind the closed doors. He mainly did the training camp as he was slated to play the second Test of Bangladesh’s tour in Sri Lanka. The series eventually got postponed and Shakib left the country for the USA, cancelling his training.


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