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Shakib trains at Mirpur ahead of IPL stint

  • Published at 10:59 am March 24th, 2021
Shakib al Hasan bats in the Mirpur nets Wednesday BCB

Shakib arrived at Mirpur early Wednesday and spent around two hours in the nets drilling with both bat and ball

All-rounder Shakib al Hasan took to the nets at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Wednesday, ahead of his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming Indian Premier League Twenty20.

Shakib arrived at Mirpur early Wednesday and spent around two hours in the nets drilling with both bat and ball.

All eyes have been on Shakib recently for his controversial statements against the Bangladesh Cricket Board and a few of its directors in a live session with cricket based website cricfrenzy.com.

Shakib in the interview claimed that he never told BCB that he doesn’t want to play Test cricket when he applied for leave from national duty to play in the money-spinning IPL.

The Bangladesh cricketer pressed that BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan has misinterpreted his leave application.

Shakib in the interview also questioned the merit of BCB high-performance unit in developing cricketers.

The 34-year old's interview had irked many in the BCB.

Akram, following an impromptu meeting involving a few BCB directors at BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s residence Sunday, had informed that the board will soon rethink allowing Shakib in IPL by skipping national duty.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Monday, 22 March 2021

Akram had said the board will soon meet for a meeting where they can rethink Shakib’s No Objection Certificate to participate in the IPL, set to begin next month.

But no development has yet been observed regarding Akram’s statement as Shakib returned to Dhaka early Tuesday and is now preparing for the IPL.

Shakib’s IPL team KKR will begin the tournament taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 11 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

It is understood that Shakib will have to report to the Knight Riders at least 10 days ahead of the game in order to complete Covid-19 isolation before joining the squad.

Shakib took leave from Bangladesh’s ongoing tour of New Zealand to be with his wife who gave birth to their third child earlier this month in the United States.

Shakib will be on leave during Bangladesh’s next assignment too, during their tour of Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series in April, to participate in IPL 2021.

Shakib scripted a return to the IPL after a one-year ban with Kolkata signing him for INR 3.2 crores at the auction.

The Bangladesh cricketer has previously played for the Knight Riders between 2011 and 2017, and was an integral member of their championship winning sides of 2012 and 2014.

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