Bangladesh news March 25, 2013

Shakib hopeful of being fit for Zimbabwe tour

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Shakib Al Hasan has expressed confidence of being fit and available before Bangladesh's tour to Zimbabwe in April. He has been out of international cricket since November last year with a stress fracture on his shin.

"Hopefully I will be fit and available before the tour of Zimbabwe," Shakib said in Dhaka. "I started running from yesterday (Saturday) under the guidance of [National Academy trainer] Stuart Karppinen and did not feel any discomfort."

"But as far as my cricketing fitness is concerned, I am still getting there because I haven't yet started batting or bowling. By next week, I will start with bat and ball to regain the fitness required to play at competitive level."

Shakib underwent an operation on his right calf in Sydney last month as a result of which he missed Bangladesh's tour to Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh have been setback by a spate of injuries. After Shakib was ruled out of Sri Lanka tour, Enamul Haque Jr, Naeem Islam, Shahriar Nafees, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain and Tamim Iqbal have all pulled out of the tour at some stage.

Shakib blamed the cricket schedule for the long list of injuries. "If you look at the calendar, you'll notice that we have been playing a lot of cricket lately, both domestic and international.

"So these kinds of injuries can happen on a regular basis. But at the same time, this helps newer players to get opportunities," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Captainman on March 28, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Leg :) Yes my friend Shakib is better than you and that's all that matters :P

  • dummy4fb on March 28, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Greatest allrounder of this era????yeah right.

  • dummy4fb on March 27, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Get well soon Shakib. Bangladesh needs you.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 26, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Battle for the bottom place of the rankings and he will be fit for that!

  • Albert_cambell on March 26, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Kyle jarvis is going to uproot his offstump anyways.

  • dummy4fb on March 26, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    I'm totally agree with Shakib, we are playing too much cricket for the last few months or so, players are not getting proper rest in between games, that's why we have so many players injured at the same time, I think BCB should consider this as their number one priority, otherwise we will play school cricket with BIG teams as we don't have proper players to play those games, I hope and pray that players like Masrafe, Nazmul & Nafeez etc. will be round soon,

    In Zimbabwe series, we want every prime players should be fit and ready for the game,

    As a Bangladeshi We Want BCB Please look into this matter..thanks

  • dummy4fb on March 26, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    greatest allrounder of this era. salute boss. u are the best

  • Warm_Coffee on March 25, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    More good news, Shakib Al Hasan has regained back his number 1 ODI all-round ranking and now leads both the main formats.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 25, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Brilliant to see Indian and Sri Lanka fans interested in a minnow series thanks for the support :)

  • AzAb12754 on March 25, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    By far our best player and good to hear he's returning soon. Despite not playing much Test Cricket last year and so far this year still no one can topple him in the test player rankings despite playing numerous more games than our man :P

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