Ahead of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad have received another boost with their allrounder Shakib Al Hasan getting all clear to play. The Bangladesh allrounder was recovering from a finger injury that had forced him to miss the just-concluded series against New Zealand. The Bangladesh Cricket Board had previously made it clear that their star would travel to India only if the medical team gives him the go ahead.
Shakib could not play in the three-match ODI series and the succeeding two Tests against New Zealand after injuring his finger during the final of the Bangladesh Premier League. He had suffered a blow on his finger while facing Thisara Perera. Later, scans revealed that the blow had fractured the allrounder’s finger.
With the World Cup in summer, Bangladesh Cricket Board decided against risking Shakib and gave him the permission to completely miss the tour of New Zealand where their side lost all the games. BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan has now confirmed Shakib has received a No-Objection Certificate to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“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,” Akram Khan said.
Akram Khan, however, stated that the board is concerned due to Shakib’s recent injury woes.
“We will have a concern if he gets any further injury in the IPL again,” he said.
“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.
“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 added.
Shakib Al Hasan had played a crucial role for Sunrisers last season, helping them to make it to the finals. The allrounder scored 239 runs and picked up 14 wickets in his first season for the franchise.
The Sunrisers have also been boosted by the return of their former skipper David Warner. The Hyderabad-based franchise will open their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 24.