Wednesday 29, June 2022

Shakib's involvement in jeopardy due to family health crisis

Bangladesh's star player Shakib Al Hasan, currently touring South Africa with the Tigers for the ongoing ODI series and an upcoming Test series, suffered a setback due to a number of his family members currently going through concerning health complications back in Bangladesh.

The situation surrounding health crisis, thus, puts Shakib's further involvement in South Africa in jeopardy. However, Jalal Yunus, chairman of BCB's cricket operations committee, informed that the premier performer is willing to continue playing, given his family members' health status does not cross the alarming threshold.

"I had a talk with Shakib. Many of his family members are sick, including his [three] children," Yunus told The Daily Star today.

"Shakib wants to play though, if only the situation remains under control. We are all keeping a close eye [on developments]," he further informed.

Former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar Sumon, member of the Tigers selection panel and currently accompanying the squad in South Africa, echoed the same as Yunus did.

"No decision has yet been made regarding his return to country. But Shakib is following the updates back home. If he considers it's necessary to return, the team management will decide accordingly," informed Bashar to The Daily Star today.

Shakib had previously wanted to sit out of the Proteas tour, citing physical and mental fitness issues. However, he changed his mind and has been seemingly enjoying the game of late in national colours, having been the chief architect in the Tigers' historic, first-ever win against the Proteas in South Africa on March 18 as the proven campaigner made the most important contribution with the bat, scoring a 64-ball 77.


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