Shakib’s delay in joining the team due to ticket unavailability
Bangladesh’s last series before the World Cup will begin with a match against Pakistan. But Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan could not join the team even 48 hours before this tri-nation series match.
After completing CPL, Shakib went to America for a vacation with his family. From there he was supposed to join the team in New Zealand.
However, the Tiger captain was not present in the photo shoot for the tri-series. Team Bangladesh vice-captain Sohan also took part in a photo shoot with Williamson and Babar Azam in Shakib’s absence. After that there was a storm of criticism about Shakib’s absence. However, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said that Shakib could not go to New Zealand at the right time due to not getting a ticket.
It is already known that Shakib can join the team in Christchurch on October 5 or 6. This time the same information was officially revealed by BCB. The Bangladesh captain will reach New Zealand by noon on the day before the start of the series after overcoming ticket and visa complications. On the next day, he will come down to toss.
In this context, BCB informed, ”Shakib was supposed to go to New Zealand on Tuesday. For that purpose, the world’s best all-rounder had planned to fly from Los Angeles to Tahiti on October 2. But Shakib’s journey was disrupted due to complications with the transit Tahiti visa. ”
Due to the Tahiti visa complications, Shakib did not board the New Zealand flight on October 2. Due to which he could not join the team on time. After solving all the problems, Shakib started his journey from Los Angeles to New Zealand on Tuesday. Will arrive at Christchurch on Thursday afternoon.
After the failure of the Asia Cup, Bangladesh has its eyes on the World Cup. This series is considered to be the final test stage for Team Bangladesh before the World Cup. The Tigers will fly to play the World Cup after playing this tri-nation series. This year’s T20 World Cup will begin on October 16.
On the eve of starting their first Test against India at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Bangladesh have been given a huge scare over the availability of captain Shakib Al Hasan due to some niggles. As per a report in The Daily Star, Shakib was taken to a hospital in Chattogram due to some discomfort and stiffness in the ribs and shoulders. “He had some stiffness and he went for a checkup”, a source in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was quoted as saying in the report.
The report further said Shakib later returned to the stadium and was seen chatting with the selectors but did not participate in the practice session immediately. It added that he was expected to come to the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, but he went up for a batting session in the nets instead in what was his first net session before the Test series.”
In his place, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo addressed the press conference. The report added that there appears to be a discussion going on among members of the team management on whether Shakib can now play the first Test starting on Wednesday.
Shakib had been hit on the shoulder and ribs while facing a pacy first over of fast bowler Umran Malik in the second ODI between Bangladesh and India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium last week.
“Look we are still assessing him and we would make a call later this afternoon to make sure he is okay. He is still struggling with his ribs and shoulders a little bit. Hopefully, he can go on hitting some balls and go see how he is doing this afternoon,” said Domingo in the press conference.