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Cricket news - Shakib to skip Bangladesh training camp; stay back for IPL

"Shakib was expected to arrive on April 23 but now that is not happening" - Akram Khan

Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan won't be joining his teammates in their preparatory camp ahead of the tri-nation series in Ireland and will instead stay back in India to continue his participation in IPL 2019, BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Monday (April 22).

Shakib was expected to join the national team's World Cup preparatory camp, starting from April 22, since he wasn't getting a regular shot in the playing eleven of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Cricbuzz understands that the BCB had sent a letter to Shakib informing him of the training camp and the ace all-rounder initially confirmed his participation. However, with foreign player slots opening up in the SRH unit, Shakib has instead opted to stay back in India and sought the board's permission for the same.

Shakib, who recently recovered from a finger injury which prevented him from joining the national team for the tour of New Zealand, was earlier granted a no-objection certificate to make himself available for SRH, but the presence of stalwarts like David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson only prevented him from getting selected in the playing eleven regularly. However, with the departure of Bairstow an opportunity opened for Shakib that, according to BCB officials, he wants to seize.

"Shakib was expected to arrive on April 23 but now that is not happening," Akram said. "He has informed us that as someone had left from the Sunrisers [set-up] there is a chance that he might play and so he wanted to stay back.

"We have given him the permission as we believe if he can play it will always be good for him leading up to the tri-nation in Ireland," Akram added.

Shakib is now expected to link up with the Bangladesh squad on just ahead of their departure for Ireland, slated for May 1.

Courtney Walsh, the pace bowling coach, also said that it would be good for Shakib if he gets match practice in the IPL.

"Well, he is in India with his IPL team and I think it's good for him to be there to get some match practice if he can. I think that match fitness for him right now is the key. He was injured; he was practising for quite some time. Personally I would like him to play couple of games in the IPL to get a bit sharper for of the World Cup," Walsh said.

The tri-series involves West Indies as the third side and starts on May 5. Bangladesh, though, play their first game of the series on May 7, against the Caribbean side.

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