Shakib prefers to play IPL during WC preparatory camp
Tigers ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan decided to stay in India to play IPL, which BCB Cricket Operation Committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed on Monday.
Bangladesh Test and T20i skipper went out of action sustaining finger injury during the Bangladesh Premier League in February this year, who was vended by Sunrisers Hyderabad and was seen to play in the first IPL match of his side. Shakib took one wicket in that match, who remained sidelined in next eight matches because of team combination.
As per by-laws any outfit can set their playing eleven combining maximum four overseas players. After brilliant consistency with the bat, Australia-buy David Warner, Englishman Johny Bairstow and the skipper Kane Williamson, who is a New Zealand recruit claims their respective spots. Afghan leggy Rashid Khan is an auto choice for Hyderabad.
Thus, Shakib remained side bench and hence Bangladesh think tank thought to call him back at home to join the World Cup camp. He was supposed to return Dhaka today. But suddenly SRH need to untie Bairstow and Warner because they will join their respective national sides, which pave the way to Shakib's inclusion in next IPL matches.
"We've spoken with him and he decided to stay," Akram said. "He might join the camp later," he added.
The World Cup practice camp of Bangladesh national cricket team began on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium ahead of the forthcoming triangular in Ireland and the ICC World Cup 2019, which is scheduled to kick off on May 30. Tigers will leave home for Ireland on May 1 and Shakib is expected to join the team before commencement of the tri-nation tournament.