Shakib had made a return to international cricket in this series after serving out his ban
Shakib had made a return to international cricket in this series after serving out his ban

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will be available for the two-match Test series against West Indies starting on February 3, after his scans following a groin injury showed that he was recovering well.

Shakib al Hasan Injured in West Indies Series

Shakib returned to international cricket, after a one-year ban for failing to report corruption approaches, with the one-day series against West Indies that ended Monday.

He scored 113 runs and claimed six wickets to win the Player of the Series award.

But Shakib limped off the field during Monday’s 120-run win with a groin problem. He was unable to complete his bowling spell. Shakib said he would wait at least a day before making an assessment but admitted: “it doesn’t look very good at the moment”.

Shakib al Hasan Recovered

The former Bangladesh skipper left the field immediately which proceeded to put a question mark on his availability for the two-match Test series, starting in Chattogram from February 03.

“His scan report is absolutely fine and there is no tear. Our physio Julian had seen him in the evening and there is an improvement. We are hopeful that he will return to practice soon,” Manzur Hossain, BCB physician, was quoted as saying by CricBuzz on Thursday.

“Probably he might have rest for a day or two but at the moment there is no doubt regarding his participation in the first Test considering his scan reports that we have received today,” he added.

Did Shakib al Hasan break the COVID19 restriction?

Meanwhile, BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told Cricbuzz that Shakib did not break the bio-bubble despite leaving the team hotel for his scans.

“We have a protocol in place for this series and it is mentioned in the MoU what needs to be done in this kind of situation. The WICB officials are fully aware that we are following the COVID-19 protocols in this case,” Chowdhury said.

Bangladesh made a 3-0 clean sweep in the ODI series and will look to dominate the visitors in the two tests slated to be played in Chattogram between February 3-7, which will be followed by the Dhaka Test beginning on February 11.

Bangladesh will take on West Indies in the first Test at Chattogram between February 3-7, before returning to Dhaka for the second Test beginning February 11.

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