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Shakib Al Hasan set for training camp as he eyes international return

Mentor Nazmul Abedeen says Bangladesh allrounder will begin training in Savar next month

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
07-Aug-2020
Shakib Al Hasan reacts, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Shakib Al Hasan is serving a ban for failing to report Deepak Agarwal's approaches  •  Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan's return to international cricket is slowly starting to take shape with his mentor Nazmul Abedeen telling ESPNcricinfo that the Bangladesh allrounder is preparing to undergo a full-fledged training camp at his alma mater, the BKSP facility in Savar.
Currently under a one-year suspension by the ICC for failing to report a corrupt approach, Shakib will become eligible to play cricket again for Bangladesh on October 29 but he plans to be in Dhaka at the end of August to get himself ready. .
"Shakib will come to the BKSP next month where he will have coaches and trainers available," Abedeen said. "We are functional as the coaches are all residing within the campus, so we can work with him well. Shakib will have everything at his disposal."
Abedeen is one of Shakib's earliest coaches and influences, and is now the cricket advisor at the BKSP where he has worked for many years as the chief coach of cricket. Abedeen was also the BCB's game development manager for many years, before taking on this new role at the BKSP.
Shakib, who is in the United States with his family, has often leant on Abedeen and Mohammad Salahuddin, both of whom have been BKSP chief cricket coaches, and have been major influences in Shakib's cricket career.
Shakib's return to international cricket also coincides with Bangladesh's likely tour of Sri Lanka where matches are probably going to start in mid-October. There has however been no indication from the BCB whether Shakib will be part of that tour.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84