Shakib begins his preparation for IPL in Bangladesh

DHAKA -Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan started his training in a bid to return to the cricket today amid the various discussions that have been doing the rounds following his outburst towards some of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) directors.

Shakib who was out of the cricket following a groin injury, picked up during Bangladesh’s Test series against West Indies, began this training, eying the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) in which he is roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The IPL is set to start on April 9 with Shakib’s team KKR playing their first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 11.

Shakib came to the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at morning and did a two-hour long practice that included batting and bowling in the net, apart from some gym session.

The day is also special for him as he is celebrating his 34th birthday. But rather than celebrating the birthday party, it looked practice gets utmost priority for him.

He was not the part of IPL last season due to his ICC-imposed ban. Therefore it is obvious he wants to make this IPL memorable one.

Moreover he wants to take preparation for the upcoming World T20, which will be also held in India, through this IPL as he wrote in his application to the BCB.

Since the IPL coincides with Bangladesh’s Test series against Sri Lanka, he naturally would miss the Test series if he plays IPL. He is granted NOC to play IPL but the situation got worsened when Cricket Operations chief Akram
Khan said Shakib doesn’t want to play Test cricket. After his statement Shakib was criticized vehemently by the fans and cricket pundits.

Shakib claimed that he never said he won’t play Test cricket rather he wants to play IPL for taking a better preparation for the World T20.

In a facebook live show, Shakib claimed Akram Khan probably didn’t read his letter properly and made a comment publicly that tarnished his image. He also criticized some of the directors for not doing their activities properly.

In the wake of situation, Akram Khan said, Shakib’s NOC for IPL will be reconsidered if he wants to play Test series in Sri Lanka.

As the situation gradually became heated, Shakib returned to country from USA at the early hour of Tuesday. He was expected to meet BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon but that didn’t happen till now.BSS