Confusion over Shakib Al Hasan

The BCB has been in an "uncomfortable and embarrassing" position because of the confusion surrounding Shakib Al Hasan's fitness for the Asian Cup . Board director Jalal Yunus said Shakib should have informed the board instead of the media that he feels he is "20-30% fit" for the tournament that starts on September 15 in the UAE.

Shakib injured his little finger on his left hand in January, forcing him to abandon the local Tests and T20I against Sri Lanka and the Super League of Pakistan. He was supposed to undergo finger surgery when he returned from the West Indies tour in the first week of August, and was named to the 16-man Asian Cup team. It is understood that the BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, suggested that Shakib could undergo surgery after the tournament and skip the Zimbabwe series in October.

However, Shakib contradicted himself in two recent interviews about his fitness, saying that the best players can not play such low levels of fitness.

"The board is in an embarrassing and embarrassing situation," Yunus said. "He did not tell us when the selection was being finalized, or at any other time, it would have been better if he had told us he had a 20-30% adjustment before, he did not say he could not play."

When asked If the BCB had questioned Shakib about his statement, Yunus said he had offered clarification to the board. "Shakib said he was" misunderstood "in a recent interview, he said he mentioned 20-30% since he had not trained since returning from the West Indies in early August, Shakib also said he needed training in Dubai, to find out where the fitness of his party is, also [said] never mentioned anything about his bowling and hitting [being hit] due to a finger injury. "

At a press conference on Thursday, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza and coach Steve Rhodes said that even a half-hearted Shakib would be good enough to play in the Asian Cup.

"Since playing in the West Indies, I'm sure he'll know his exact situation," Mashrafe said. "His performance was very useful to win there, I think it's more than enough if his fitness is at that level, but we can not do anything about it, he made the decision and, as he will play, I'm sure he will. 100%. "

Rhodes had said that Shakib's statement was more striking than anything else. "I do not think he has a 20-30% adjustment, I think he's a lot more fit than that, that kind of claim has come to the headline, I'm pretty sure Shakib is much more in shape than that. It was different from the state in the West Indies, where he played a fantastic cricket with bat, ball and in the field.

"Everyone knows that they really need the operation. He made that decision after speaking with the president of the BCB. The Asian Cup is very important for Bangladesh. Even if Shakib were at 60-70%, you would get a lot of cricket from Shakib Al Hasan. "

Shakib is on holiday in the United States, and the BCB indicated that he would travel from there to the UAE for the Asian Cup, and that Mominul Haque will be sent as a cover for him.

Rhodes said that Shakib losing the training camp in Dhaka would not affect his performance. "It has no impact on the rest of the team. Shakib is really well respected by the rest of his colleagues in the locker room. The free time with the family, I think it is important that everyone realize that Shakib plays cricket a lot. He does not just hit. He throws and fields and captains too. Touch all formats.

"By making sure that Shakib is playing the best and freshest, we can give him opportunities to be with his family, he will make him a better player, he has done all the practices when he was younger, he did it in the middle, throwing 50 overs in each innings in the Tests It is not too necessary that he practices all the time He showed in the Caribbean without much practice what a quality cricketer can be "

source:- espncricinfo.com

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