Thursday, 23 March, 2023

Shakib joins team camp ahead of England series amidst rift with Tamim

Shakib joins team camp ahead of England series amidst rift with Tamim

Bangladesh's all-rounder and captain of the Test and T20 team, Shakib Al Hasan, has joined the national team camp ahead of the three-match ODI series against England. The series is set to begin on March 1 in Dhaka.

Shakib was spotted batting at the indoor facilities in Mirpur, with Tamim Iqbal also present in the nets. Although they were batting close to each other, there were no visible interactions between them.

The team began preparations for the upcoming England series a few days ago, but Shakib was unable to join the camp earlier as he was with his family in the USA. Before his trip to the USA, he was playing for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League. However, he had to leave the Zalmi squad due to family issues.

The strained relationship between Shakib and Tamim has garnered attention from Bangladesh's cricket followers in recent days, particularly after BCB president Nazmul Hasan publicly acknowledged it.

Tamim faced questions about the issue at a press conference on Sunday in Mirpur, but Shakib has not made any statement about it yet.

Tamim said when he and Shakib take the field wearing a Bangladesh jersey, they only focus on playing well for Bangladesh; nothing else matters to them. He, however, did not deny the authenticity of a troubled relationship with Shakib.

In the upcoming series, along with three ODIs, both the teams will lock horns in a three-match T20I series.

The ODI series is a part of the World Cup Super League. England are currently at number three in the points table while Bangladesh are at number six.