Shakib Al Hasan tests negative for Covid-19, in contention to play first Test versus Sri Lanka

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has examined unfavorable for Covid-19, bringing him again into consideration for the primary Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka that begins on Might 15. A workforce official stated that Shakib will fly into Chattogram on Friday the place he’ll bear “additional medical and health checks” earlier than a call will likely be manufactured from his place.

Head coach Russell Domingo, nonetheless, did not sound optimistic in regards to the prospect of fielding Shakib so quickly after recovering from Covid.

“Anyone would desire a fully-fit Shakib in your finest XI, however it is extremely tough to play if he’s 50-60 per cent match,” Domingo stated. “Coming straight right into a Take a look at match, we have to verify his health and assess the place he’s. He has simply come off Covid, and he hasn’t performed a lot cricket. He is clearly an enormous participant for us and balances the workforce. However we have to see how he’s tomorrow. He hasn’t batted or bowled for the final two or three weeks. It’s 5 days of cricket. It’s sizzling. There are all kinds of issues to think about.

“I’ve had Covid badly, so the power isn’t fairly the identical. You possibly can’t go right into a (Take a look at match) straightaway. It isn’t a T20 or ODI which is finished in six or seven overs. It’ll occur for over 5 days. In fact, we wish him to play, he is likely one of the finest cricketers that is ever performed. However we have to guarantee that he provides himself one of the best probability to carry out and fulfill his position. Bowl at the very least 15 overs a day, bat for 3 or 4 overs within the high six.”

Domingo stated that they’re contemplating Mosaddek Hossain, who was earlier drafted into the Take a look at aspect as a further alternative for Mehidy Hasan Miraz, as a result of he provides them the bowling choice whereas nonetheless batting within the high seven.

Shakib was supposed to affix the Bangladesh Take a look at squad on Might 11, three days after they began coaching in Chattogram on Monday. However upon testing positive for Covid, he had to enter self-isolation.

Bangladesh did not title a alternative on the time and his return will likely be a fine addition to a aspect mired in accidents. Mehidy and Taskin Ahmed are out due to finger and shoulder injuries whereas Shoriful Islam’s participation stays topic to his clearing a health check forward of the sport.

Bangladesh’s batting too wants Shakib’s expertise within the center order after they slumped to 53 and 80 in successive fourth innings in South Africa. His absence would have meant having to select two gamers to make up for his expertise, however now the workforce might stay up for having their talisman again for a vital World Take a look at Championship sequence.

Shakib final performed a Take a look at in December 2021, against Pakistan. He skipped the New Zealand series for private causes after which needed to miss the South Africa Assessments as a consequence of sickness in his household. Shakib has performed solely three out of Bangladesh’s final 11 Assessments since his return from a one-year ban for failing to report a corrupt strategy.

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