08 May 2024, 16:35

Shakib returns to Bangladesh T20 squad after one year 

DHAKA, May 8, 2024 (BSS)- Ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan returned to 
Bangladesh T20 squad after almost one year as the selectors included him in 
the final two matches against Zimbabwe.

Shakib's last appearance was a Player-of-the-Match performance against 
Afghanistan in Sylhet in July 2023. He was the captain of the team that time 
but an eye condition and a finger injury restricted his appearances after the 
ODI World Cup in October-November 2023. 

Najmul Hossain Shanto has replaced him as captain in all formats this year.

Bangladesh had already clinched the five-match T20 series against Zimbabwe 
after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead. The last two matches will be held at 
Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on May 10 and 12 

Shakib was rested from the first three matches, which were held in 
Chattogram. He, however, played three matches in Dhaka Premier League (DPL) 
to regain his match fitness. Shakib's performance with the bat and bowl in 
those three DPL matches was tremendous. He hit his first century in DPL and 
in doing so ended his five-year long century draught in professional cricket. 

"Shakib was in our plan for the last two T20 matches. We decided to give 
Shakib some game time by playing International cricket ahead of the T20 World 
Cup," selector Abdur Razzak said.

"He played three DPL matches after spending holiday with his family. He is 
now ready to play the International Cricket."

Alongside Shakib, pacer Mustafizur Rahman was also rested from the first 
three T20i against Zimbabwe. Mustafizur who has been in form of his life in 
the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings returned to the squad 
for last two matches.

"We follow the same rule in Mustafizur's case also. He came from IPL and so 
we wanted him to take rest. The question was whether he will take the rest in 
the first three matches or for the last two matches. He decided to take rest 
from the first three matches," Razzak added.

To accommodate Shakib and Mustafizur in the team, Afif Hossain and Parvez 
Hossain Emon were dropped. Both of the players couldn't make room in the 
first XI for any of the three matches. 

"Both-- Afif and Emon-- are in our plan still. It is not possible to give all 
players exposure at the same time. But they are not out of consideration," 
Razzak clarified. 

Meanwhile, pacer Shoriful Islam was given rest to manage his workload. 
Shoriful, who has been playing cricket in all three formats of Bangladesh 
consistently for the last two years, was off colour in the first two matches 
against Zimbabwe. He didn't play the third match and now the team management 
decided him to rest from the reminder of the series.


Najmul Hossain Shanto (Captain), Liton Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al 
Hasan, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Jaker Ali Anik, Mahedi Hasan, Rishad 
Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Soumya Sarkar, 
Tanvir Islam and Mohammad Saifuddin.

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