New-look Shakib Al Hasan looks desperate to regain his old form as the ace all-rounder returned back to Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday, precisely four days after he returned back from USA.
Shakib had skipped the final of Bangabandhu T20 Cup for personal reasons but returned back to join the national team ahead of upcoming home series against West Indies.
Earlier he completed his one-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council on October 28 last year.
Shakib was the major point of discussion during Bangabandhu T20 Cup through which he returned back to competitive cricket after a long gap.
However the domestic tournament turned out to be a reality check for him instead of enhancing his confidence as he failed to excel with the willow, making 110 runs in nine innings, averaging 12.22 with a strike-rate of 120.87.
The arrival of Shakib at the home of cricket was nothing short of surprise considering he is not someone who looks very keen in doing individual training.
However, it looked the left-handed batsman is very keen to make sure that he is thoroughly ready for the series against West Indies comprising three ODIs and two Tests.
Shakib, who came to Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium with a new hair cut, had a good work out in the gym while all the flashlight of the camera went towards his direction when he came out of the dressing room to have a knocking at the main ground.
Shakib also had a brief conversation with SBNS chief curator Gamini de Silva that only suggest he is trying to be pretty sure on the wickets that is going to be prepared for the series.
Like many top batsman of the world, Shakib only tried to do knocking and was making sure he is hitting the ball through the middle of the bat as according to top batsmen, middling the balls well always helps them grow confidence.
Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque, who is yet to start his batting session, joined Shakib during his knocking and the two former student of BKSP was seen joking around.
Shakib even showed Mominul that he could bat with one hand while the latter followed his instruction and tried to hit the ball with one hand (that he did not injured) just to see how it works.
The 33-year old earlier upon his arrival from USA said that he is not taking any pressure on his international comeback but claimed that he is well aware that it won’t be easy to make a strong comeback straightway against West Indies.
Shakib’s coming to SBNS is also a clear indication that he knows it won’t be a cake-walk against the Caribbean side.
Shakib is expected to give a fitness test on January 10 while the team is scheduled to enter the bio-bubble on the same day following the results of their corona test.
BCB is taking samples of the COVID-19 from home and the ones who will be negative will only get into the hotel as part of bio-bubble plan.