Ace Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, has been finally granted No Objection Certificate (NoC) on Wednesday (October 31) by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after assessing his fitness for the UAE T20x –a franchise-based T20 tournament in Dubai.
Akram Khan, Chairman of BCB cricket operations, confirmed to Cricbuzz, “We have given him the NOC as the reports are very positive” after announcing that the Board won't have a problem with Shakib participating in the T20 tournament in the UAE.
On the other hand, Shakib, who will start his strength training - the first step towards gaining full fitness - from next week, is expected to play in the T20 event, starting December 23, if everything goes according to plan.
The all-rounder said, “Yes, it's a relief for me to get the NOC. If I can get fully fit and play some matches, then my preparation will be good. To come back from a big injury you need some matches under your belt. I am not playing for so long, to get the full rhythm back, these games are very important. The physio and I have decided not to put a time-frame for my return and possibly I will start training shortly.
He continued, “I have to start strength training from next week. When I will start improving gradually, and I will see that I don't have problems in playing, I can think of returning to action. Until then, I wouldn't want to return, neither the physio will let me.”
Meanwhile, he also hinted at the possibility of joining the Bangladesh squad at some point in the upcoming series against West Indies as the improvement is quite rapid.
Shakib signed off by saying, “I cannot provide any exact timing of my return. I may play in the first Test against West Indies or second Test, and may play in the ODIs, can't really say that. But the way I am improving, I won't take not much time.”