Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who just finished serving a one-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches, created a fresh controversy after avoiding quarantine terms upon his arrival from the USA on Thursday night.
Within nine hours after arriving in Dhaka, Shakib appeared in public to inaugurate a super shop in the Gulshan area of the capital. He was seen cutting a ribbon and mingling among the other dignitaries, some of whom were without a face mask.
Shahriar Sazzad, a physician at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka suggested to the media that it’s a violation of law to avoid a home quarantine after arriving in Bangladesh from abroad.
“There are no facilities to test Covid-19 at the airport. We just see their papers to check if someone is tested negative in the past 72 hours, and we also see their temperature. If someone is negative, he has to maintain a home quarantine. If someone is tested positive in the last 72 hours, we send them to the hospital. But if someone has no papers to prove his Covid-19 status, we send them to institutional quarantine,” he told a local media outlet.
Unlike Shakib, every foreign member of Bangladesh national team’s coaching staff had to maintain a strict quarantine upon their arrival in Bangladesh recently.
Shakib was unavailable to comment regarding the development.
Earlier, BCB’s chief physician Debasish Chowdhury had told the media that they will request the government to reduce the period of quarantine for Shakib if he is tested negative.
Meanwhile, the allrounder is expected to undergo a fitness test on November 9 ahead of a five-team T20 league starting later this month. Shakib insisted that he is eager to get back to competitive cricket. The allrounder played his last recognized cricket back in October 2019 in the Caribbean Premier League.
Shakib might get a chance to make his comeback to international cricket early next year when the West Indies will visit Bangladesh for a full series.
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Bangladesh superstar Shakib Al Hasan has returned home from the USA after a month. He arrived in Dhaka on Thursday night.
Shakib has served a year-long ban due to failing to report corrupt approaches made to him. His ban came to an end on October 29. The southpaw is now available to play any form of cricket.
The allrounder will undergo a fitness test on November 9 ahead of a five-team T20 league. It’ll be his first competitive cricket event after serving the ban. Shakib said he is eager to make his comeback memorable.
He was expected to make a comeback to international cricket with Bangladesh’s Sri Lanka tour in October. But due to the Covid-19 situation in the island nation, the series was postponed, which has eventually delayed his return.
Shakib had a month-long individual practice programme in BKSP in September. He says it helped him immensely to get a good shape before making a return to competitive cricket.
“It was a great practice programme for me in BKSP (in September). I had planned to continue that programme for15-20 more days. But due to the postponement of Sri Lanka series, I couldn’t do that. I think it’ll not be a problem. I have a few days before the T20 league. I think it’ll be enough to get prepared,” Shakib told in a video published in his official social media channel.
Shakib played his last international match later last year against Zimbabwe at the home. Right before Bangladesh’s India tour for a three-match T20 and two-match Test series, Shakib was handed a two-year ban with one year is suspended.
The allrounder might make his international comeback with the home series against the West Indies early next year. Before that, he will take part in the five-team T20 league starting later this month.
Also read: Shakib reclaims top spot of ODI allrounders
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says he is expecting his teammates will love him as they did before he was banned by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches made to him.
The all-rounder is all set to make a comeback to competitive cricket when BCB will host a five-team T20 league later this month. Before taking part in this league, Shakib has to undergo a fitness test on November 9. If he does well in the test, he will be allowed to play in the league.
Shakib has recently published a video on his YouTube channel where he answered many questions sent to him by the media and his fans.
Replying to a question about whether his teammates would love and believe in him like before, he said: “It’s a tough question. I don’t know who is thinking what. I agree that they have reason to doubt me or not to believe me. But, I expect them to believe me as they did before. I have always maintained good communication with them. I never felt that they have any problem with me.
“I think the incident was something that can create doubt in someone’s mind. I have no regrets about it. But, I believe they will accept me like before.”
Shakib was given the ban in October 2019, which ended on October 29 this year. He is now available to play any form of cricket at any stage.
Shakib passed most of the parts of the last year in the USA with his family. He had come back in September to prepare for the Sri Lanka tour. But, as the series was postponed, he went back to the USA. The allrounder is expected to return to Dhaka on November 5 and take preparation for the fitness test on November 9.
The proposed T20 league will be Shakib’s first competitive cricket event after the ban. He might get a chance to get back to international cricket early next year when West Indies are scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a full series.
“It was a great practice programme for me in BKSP (in September). I had planned to continue that programme for15-20 more days. But due to the postponement of Sri Lanka series, I couldn’t do that. I think it’ll not be a problem. I have a few days before the T20 league. I think it’ll be enough to get prepared,” Shakib told the media.
Also read: Shakib reclaims top spot of ODI allrounders
Bangladesh stalwart Shakib Al Hasan reclaimed the top spot in the ICC ODI allrounder. ICC has updated the ranking after the ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
Shakib, the former captain of Bangladesh, is all set to make his comeback to international cricket after his ban came to an end on October 29. The ban was imposed by the ICC as he had failed to report a few corrupt approaches made to him.
The allrounder is currently living in the USA. He, however, will return to Dhaka soon ahead of a five-team T20 league which will take place later November.
Shakib will undergo a fitness test on November 9 along with other 19 cricketers. A total of 113 cricketers have been listed for the fitness test. Those who will pass this test will get the chance to take part in the proposed T20 league.
As Shakib topped the list of the best ODI allrounders with 373 rating points, Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan is placed right after him with 301 points. The others in the top ten are Chris Woakes (281), Ben Stokes (276), Imad Wasim (271), Colin de Grandhomme (265), Rashid Khan (253), Mitchel Santner (251), Ravindra Jadeja (246), and Sean Williams (238).
Right-arm pacer Sumon Khan bagged four wickets in the two-day practice game of BCB’s High-Performance Unit, which ended in a draw on Tuesday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
On day one, HP A team batted for 80 overs and posted a mammoth 406 runs for 7 wickets riding on the ton of Akbar Ali. In reply, HP B team lost all of their wickets scoring 266 runs in 80 overs.
While Afif Hossain led HP A team, Mohammad Naim was the captain of B team. Naim hit 86 for his team while pace-bowling all-rounder Mrittunjoy Chowdhury smashed 58.
For HP A team, Sumon bagged four wickets conceding 54 runs while left-arm spinner Hasan Murad scalped four wickets conceding 35 runs. Sumon also did well in the recently concluded 50-over competition.
HP Team A 406/7 in 80 overs, Akbar 136, Shahadat 94, Shamim 67, Tanzid 35, Mahmudul 30; Rezaur 2/63, Shahin 2/71, Shariful 2/102.
HP Team B 266/10 in 80 overs, Naim 86, Mrittunjoy 58, Hridoy 42; Murad 4/35, Sumon 4/54