Shakib set for return to central contract list

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is all set to be included in the central contract list again, from the upcoming home series against West Indies, BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan confirmed Cricbuzz on Friday. Shakib was axed from the list following his ban by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches, reports Cricbuzz.

Usually BCB provides national contract after assessing the performance of cricketers in international and domestic cricket but according to Akram it won’t be followed for Shakib as far as national contract is concerned.

“We will include him in the national contract the moment he starts playing for the national team and if everything goes according to plan he will be featuring for us in the upcoming home series against West Indies,” Akram said, adding that he is not concerned about Shakib’s form in the ongoing T20 tournament.

After completing his year-long ban on October 28, Shakib returned to competitive cricket in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup, a domestic T20 tournament arranged by BCB as a part of resuming cricket in the country that was brought to a halt in March by the coronavirus pandemic halted since March for corona pandemic.

“It is difficult to adjust after coming back from a gap of one year,” Akram said. “He (Shakib) is a great player but I believe he will be back soon. Since it’s T20 format and the time frame is short he is finding it difficult to adjust and as a result he is failing to do well. But soon he will return back to his best,” he said.

Akram also said that the national camp ahead of the West Indies series will soon begin, following a short gap after the completion of the T20 Cup.

“We are likely to start the camp after December 25 and while the coached might arrive later we will start the preparation under the fitness trainer initially,” Akram said.


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