Shakib uncertain to play Tigers’ official practice matches

According to reports, Shakib has taken a ‘verbal clearance’ from a BCB high-up to play further in the IPL T20 with Kolkata Knight Riders, which has been playing in the top four of the tournament, and is still staying in the IPL camp

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Shakib Al Hasan

Star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is uncertain to be available for Bangladesh national cricket team in the two official practice matches of the ICC T20 World Cup. Bangladesh are scheduled to take on Sri Lanka and Ireland on October 12 and 14 respectively in those two matches in UAE. 

Shakib was scheduled to join the team in UAE on Sunday but according to media reports that has now changed. Shakib was to join the Bangladesh team following his participation in the ongoing India Premier League T20. The Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] had issued an NOC [No Objection Certificate] till October 8 which is now being said to have been extended.

According to reports, Shakib has taken a ‘verbal clearance’ from a BCB high-up to play further in the IPL T20 with Kolkata Knight Riders, which has been playing in the top four of the tournament, and is still staying in the IPL camp.   

Kolkata is set to the play the eliminator match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday and it is understood that the IPL team has pressed for Shakib to remain for the crucial game.

Kolkata winning the eliminator on Monday, will get to play the second qualifier on Wednesday at the same venue and moving forward the final on Friday, October 15 at Dubai International Stadium.   

Kolkata winning the eliminator on Monday, will get to play the second qualifier on Wednesday at the same venue and moving forward the final on Friday, October 15 at Dubai International Stadium.  

Members of the BCB cricket operations and part of the team management is on the other hand unaware of Shakib’s status on joining the team.

BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan speaking to the media said, “It is tough for me to say on this [from Dhaka]. As far as I know he [Shakib] is supposed to join the team in UAE. But I am not sure of when.”

When queried, members of the team management failed to give a concrete answer to the media.

Mahmudullah Riyad and his troop will then return to Oman on October 15 to participate in the qualifier stage and will face Scotland in their first qualifier game on October 17 at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat.

Bangladesh will then face Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 19 and 21 respectively at the same venue in the qualifying stage of the World T20.

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