Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that playing in the Dhaka Premier League would help him to a great extent to be prepared for the forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka that starts at their den from May 15.

The champion cricketer told on Wednesday to the reporters that he is eying to play in the remaining ties of the ongoing super six round of the DPL so that he can prepare himself well ahead of the upcoming series against the tourists.

Shakib has freshly contracted with Legends of Rupganj to play for the side in the super six round; subsequently, his former club Mohammedan got out from the round-robin league.

‘I have decided all of a sudden, within an hour. As we have the Sri Lanka series, if I can play in the remaining matches would help me prepare well,’ Shakib told the reporters on Wednesday after he arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from the USA.

The host Tigers’ are a fixture to play two against Sri Lanka. The first game of the series will take place from May 15 to 19 at the port city Chattogram, while the second and series-concluder will be held from May 23 to 27 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

The left-hander assured that he would take part in the forthcoming series against the touring side if he is physically okay.

‘I didn’t sense any doubt here [playing against Sri Lanka]. If I had any emergency, that is quite a different thing. Of course, I will play against Sri Lanka if I go sound physical until then.’

While having a chat with reporters, the 34-year-old also expressed his deep condolence to Mosharraf Hossain Rubel, his fellow who breathed his last on Tuesday following a long fight fighting with a brain tumor.

‘Truly sad as while staying in the USA, I learned through the TV news that he arrived back home from the hospital and thought that he might survive being young. But I am told that he is no more when I was on board; sad, of course, as it proves that there is no guarantee of anything in our life.’

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Subsequently, he went to the Bangladesh Cricket Board to sign the national contract paper along with his other colleagues, who managed their call for the year 2022.

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