Shakib Al Hasan to skip Sri Lanka Tests

Shakib Al Hasan to skip Sri Lanka Tests

The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Thursday that Shakib al Hasan would not play in the forthcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka (February 22). The southpaw Shakib will not be available for the two-match Test series that is a part of the third cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, according to BCB’s cricket…

Shakib Al Hasan to skip Sri Lanka Tests
Shakib Al Hasan to skip Sri Lanka Tests

The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Thursday that Shakib al Hasan would not play in the forthcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka (February 22).

The southpaw Shakib will not be available for the two-match Test series that is a part of the third cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, according to BCB’s cricket operation chairman, Jalal Yunus, who informed Cricbuzz that the southpaw had not been listed for the next white-ball series against Sri Lanka.

The Bangladesh Premier League began with Shakib having trouble with his batting because of an eye issue, but with time, he began to perform well at the bat, amassing 249 runs in 11 matches despite only managing four runs in the first three innings.

“Shakib was hesitant to play international cricket, therefore, he sought a sabbatical from the whole Sri Lankan series. Yunus told Cricbuzz, “I think his eyes are fine right now, but I feel like he wants a break so he can come back to international cricket fully fit.”

The three-match T20I series opening is set for March 4 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The series versus Sri Lanka consists of three T20 internationals, three ODIs, and two Tests.

According to Cricbuzz, Shakib may play for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the next Dhaka Premier League, the nation’s customary List A competition, to get further experience in the middle of the bat as he gets ready for the international game. DPL is expected to begin on March 9.

Whatmore trusts Mahmudullah to come good on T20I return

Mahmudullah can be used at several batting positions and has the expertise to withstand the strain of the shortest format, according to former Bangladesh head coach Dav Whatmore. Furthermore, Mahmudullah is being actively watched by the team director of Fortune Barishal in the present Bangladesh Premier League.

In preparation for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, Mahmudullah was called up to the T20I squad. The 38-year-old had been ignored for the previous 1.5 years until his performances in the World Cup in India towards the end of last year and his performance in the current Bangladesh Premier League forced the selectors to give him another look for the shortest time. He played his final Twenty20 international match against Sri Lanka during the 2022 Asia Cup T20 in Dubai.

In the current BPL, Mahmudullah has amassed 218 runs with a strike-rate of 137.97 and an average of 27.25 in 11 games.

More recently, Cricbuzz said, “I think he (Mahmudullah) has got the power, which, what is needed in this format (T20).” He’ll probably tell you that he wants to bat as high as he can if you ask him. He might be deployed in a few different ways because he can undoubtedly clear the boundary and quicken the run tempo. He might come in later in the innings and quicken his pace to clear the boundaries, or he could bat high and score well,” he said.

Many believe that Mahmudullah is benefiting from his recent practice of putting his head down as much as possible during batting—something that wasn’t the case in the past.

“I think that if you want to hit the ball in any format, it’s a good idea to try to keep your head still. Whatmore stated, “It’s hard for me to judge what he was doing earlier, but he played a pretty good innings for us in this 10th edition of the BPL.”

“He’s experienced enough to handle the finishing role. Although T20 is an extremely athletic and competitive game, experience does play a role. I believe that (he received a few years in a condensed style), but forms control everything,” he continued.

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