BAN vs SL 2022: Shakib-Al-Hasan tests negative for COVID-19, available for first Test

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BAN vs SL 2022: Shakib-Al-Hasan tests negative for COVID-19, available for Sri Lanka’s first Test

BAN vs SL 2022: There comes a major boost for the Bangladesh Cricket team as their star all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan has tested negative for COVID-19 & is now available for the first test against Sri Lanka that will begin on May 15.

A BCB official said that Shakib will fly to Chattogram on Friday where he will undergo “further medical and fitness tests” before a decision will be taken on whether he is fit to play in the first Test or not. Shakib-Al-Hasan was supposed to join the Bangaldesh Team in Chattogram on May 11, where the team have been training since Monday. However, after returning with positive results on Tuesday, Shakib was immediately sent into self-isolation which raised doubts over his participation in the first Test.

Initially, BCB didn’t name any replacement for Shakib but now the news of Shakib’s availability will be a boost for the Bangladesh team who are already hit with a spate of injuries. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed are out due to finger and shoulder injuries while Shoriful Islam’s participation remains subject to his clearing a fitness test ahead of the game.

Bangladesh’s batting line-up seriously needs Shakib’s experience in the middle order after they collapsed at 53 & 80 in successive fourth innings during South Africa’s Test series. His absence would have meant that the management would have to pick two players to make up for his skills. But now with Shakib’s return to the squad, Bangladesh would aim to win this crucial home Test series which is a part of the WTC 2021-2023 series.

Sri Lanka Test series would also mark Shakib’s return to Test format who last played a Test in December 2021, against Pakistan. He skipped the New Zealand series for personal reasons and then had to miss the South Africa Tests due to a family emergency. Shakib has played three Tests out of Bangladesh’s 11 since his return from the one-year ban.

The first test match of the BAN vs SL 2022 Test series will be played on May 15, 2022, at Chittagong’s Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium while the final match of the series will be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on May 23.

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