Ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchisee has received a big boost. Their premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has received fitness clearance from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and is available to feature in the tournament. The Bangladeshi all-rounder has missed a lot of cricket in the recent few months owing to his frequent injuries.
Earlier, Shakib was forced to leave the 2018 Asia Cup edition midway due to a finger injury. He also missed the recent tour of New Zealand due to an injury which he sustained during the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). With the 2019 World Cup just around the corner, the Bangladeshi all-rounder’s fitness is a major concern for the team.
Shakib will definitely go there
Bangladesh Cricket operations Chairman Akram Khan confirmed that Shakib will surely be participating in the upcoming edition of the IPL. He revealed that the doctors had suggested Shakib not to play competitive cricket till March 20. Akram mentioned that the all-rounder is currently fit and has no serious complaints of any pain or injury.
“As far as I am concerned Shakib will definitely go there before the beginning of IPL. As per doctor’s suggestion he was not allowed to play competitive cricket till March 20. Today the deadline is crossed and he doesn’t complain anything about his pain or injury which suggested that he is fit now,” Akram Khan was quoted as saying.
"He has been practicing for more than a week and nowadays he is batting and bowling [in full scale]. He has been given that [NOC] from BCB as we knew that he will play the IPL," he added.
We will tell him not to take any unnecessary risks
The Chairman further mentioned that they are yet to discuss with the franchisee (Sunrisers Hyderabad) about Shakib’s fitness concerns. Akram noted that he will talk to Shakib and will recommend him not to take any unnecessary risks during the hectic IPL season. "It will be better for him if he took less risk. And though we did not discuss about him in line of playing fewer matches, we will discuss with him about the risk factors before he leaves,” he further added.
"We will tell him not to take any [unnecessary] risks due to his fitness as well as ask him to inform the franchise that he is not available unless he is totally fit," Akram concluded.