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POST TIME: 26 April, 2019 10:18:33 AM
Shakib gets head coach nod to play in IPL
BSS, Dhaka

Shakib gets head coach nod to play in IPL

Bangladesh cricket team head coach Steve Rhodes (L) speaks to Shakib Al Hasan in this file photo.

While Shakib Al Hasan was asked by BCB to join Bangladesh’s World Cup camp, head coach Steve Rhodes differs giving his views that it would be better for the all-rounder to stay in India to play some of the matches in Indian Premier League (IPL).

Shakib had to sit in the bench for the most part of the IPL since his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad couldn’t accommodate him in the team due to the combination as only four overseas players is allowed to play in the cash-rich tournament.

But while some of the overseas players left the franchise to join their World Cup preparation camp in their country, chances came for Shakib to be accommodated in the team. Watching this Rhodes felt, Shakib needs to stay there to have some match practice under his belt, given the fact that he didn’t play any match since being injured during the final of BPL in last February.

“It is one of the reasons why I thought Shakib staying in India would be better for him,” Rhodes said. “Get a game or two. It is a risk, but I was hoping he got two or three games for Sunrisers now. He is getting the practice. I thought he looked sharp, fit and quick in the field. It is always a good sign for Shakib. I just hope they play him in a couple of games. Even the best all-rounder in the world needs game time,” he added.

However at the same time, regardless of Shakib getting the chance to play the match or not in IPL, Bangladesh eventually will be benefited.

And he explained as to how it would happen: “Two good things are happening, actually. One, he is being starved of cricket. When you are used to playing a lot, you get hungry to play cricket. The other one is that he is being left out of the SRH team. He will have a lot to prove in the big stage. I think Bangladesh will benefit from both.”

HM