Bangladesh Cricket Urges Shakib Al Hasan to Manage His Workload in the IPL
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has asked all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to manage his workload in the upcoming Indian Premier League in order to remain fit and raring to go for the 2019 World Cup. The quadrennial event is slated to be played in England and Wales from May. Shakib will be an integral part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad in the upcoming IPL. But more important will be the World Cup and Shakib needs to be fit for the big tournament.
BCB Committee Chairman Jalal Yunus stated that Shakib Al Hasan has been cleared to play the IPL. However, he will be unavailable for the last and the final Test against New Zealand. He has been given 10 day’s rest by the BCB medical team after accessing his conditions on 10th March. The all-rounder as ruled out of the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand.
He fractured his finger while playing the final of the Bangladesh Premier League between the Dhaka Dynamites and the Comilla Victorians. He suffered a fracture after he sustained a blow on his hand from a delivery from Thisara Perera.
Shakib Al Hasan needs to manage his workload says BCB media committee chairman
“He is recovering but still he is given 10-day rest. If he regains his fitness during this time frame still he is not available for last Test match against New Zealand,’’ said BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told reporters on Wednesday.
“Afterwards if he gets fit and doctor allows him to play then he can play across formats. Not only IPL if there was any game of Bangladesh he would have participated there,’’ he said.
Jalal stated that are well aware of the injury status of Shakib. He believed that Shakib will play in such a way that it doesn’t impact his World Cup preparations. Shakib will be a vital factor for Bangladesh in the upcoming World Cup and it will be extremely difficult for Bangladesh to make a mark in the tournament without arguably their best ever batsman.
Shakib has been an integral part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for 7 years. Even in the Sunrisers Hyderabad unit he has been a successful addition. His exceptional ability with both bat and the ball makes him an ideal member of any T20 team. He will need to manage his workload pretty well as Bangladesh cannot afford to lose a player of Shakib’s stature.
“We are well aware of it [ Shakib injury concern] and so we decided not put any pressure on him whether it is playing the IPL or any other tournament because our target is to get him in World Cup,’’ said Jalal.
“I don’t think there should be any restriction regarding participating in the IPL because if a player is fit he can go and play. But he must remember that he needs to make sure that he doesn’t get injured. We have given the clearance to play in IPL,’’ he said.
“But how much he will play and what he will do he needs to decide because he needs to protect himself. It can be like he played in a couple of matches while returning back without playing a few matches. But we cannot ask any player that he cannot go. If the board think he is fit then he can go,’’ he concluded.
Shakib will look to make himself match fit during the IPL. However given the career-threatening injury, he suffered a few months back, the all-rounder should be careful about his fitness and how he needs to manage his workload. In the next two months, the fate of Shakib Al Hasan will be decided.
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