“Shakib can go a long way if he maintains his fitness levels”

Shakib follows the end of the fourth day’s play during the Dhaka test. Photo: Fairouz Ahmed’s profile

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Shakib follows the end of the fourth day’s play during the Dhaka test. Photo: Fairouz Ahmed’s profile

Spin trainer Rangana Herath conducts a four-day step-by-step camp with 32 spinners in order to strengthen the Spin-Bowling pipeline. It became apparent that there was a lack of spinners around the perimeter of the national team when Bangladesh played the last Dhaka Test against Sri Lanka with four players on the front lines despite the presence of Shakib Al Hassan. Mosaddeq Husayn came as a beating that could bend, and the burden of the majority of sums fell on the crown of Islam and Shakib.

Shakib got five wickets in the first innings but without the support of another player like Tajul, Sri Lanka advanced in the game by placing more than 500 on the board. The shortage of spinners is becoming apparent, and with Shakib turning 35, he has raised concerns about who could head the spinning division upside down.

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But Herat saw that Shakib could still go a long way.

“he is [Shakib] A man with great experience. You know he’s always up to the mark. He just needs to think about fitness. Hirath said of Shakib continuing his services in Bangladeshi cricket after today’s session at the Academy Stadium in Mirpur, if he can keep his fitness levels high then he can go a long way.”

Naeem Hassan’s injury saw Bangladesh play with four specialist players in the Dhaka Test against Sri Lanka, and while Chakib opened the door for five players to play in the Test, the injuries of Mehdi Hassan Miraz, Shuful Islam and Taskin Ahmed did not allow Bangladesh to use them. Five shooters. Asked about the merits of such camps, Hirath said: “If you have an extra turntable as a spare it will be an advantage for Bangladeshi cricket. For example, Naim is injured now and there is no unsuitable item. We need to keep a record of the spinners and keep these spinners” .

Rangana Hirath during Spin Camp today. Photo: Fairouz Ahmed

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Rangana Hirath during Spin Camp today. Photo: Fairouz Ahmed

Shakib himself was not alarmed by his lack of ball preparation ahead of the Test series. After he recovered from Covid-19, he only underwent one training session. He was more focused on purposeful training rather than spending long hours curling up.

“I don’t think after playing for so many years I don’t need 10 to 15 days for me, three sessions is enough if I’m playing and if I don’t play more than the maximum I need five to six sessions (to prepare) and I don’t need more than that. If I’m fit. For me, training is not important if I do it with a purpose,” Shakib said after the fourth day of the Dhaka Test after winning his 19th win by five wickets drawn in the tests.

For Shakib, fitness and match fitness were two different things. He had enough confidence that his fitness would be enough even in the sweltering heat, especially in the Chattogram.

“It depends on the fitness of an individual player on what you might call match fitness. Match fitness and fitness are two things. There are a lot of people hanging around after a match, even fast bowlers who shoot 6-8 in intervals but don’t. Cross 10 in the alert test There are others who score 10-13 in the alert test but can’t throw five times on a trot So the definition of fitness varies in different places I played four DPL matches in the heat which helped me I knew the first two days in Chittagong were going to be tough for me and after That slowly will get easier. It was about seizing the opportunity [regarding being able to play] But it was arithmetic,” Shakib said when asked about match fitness and bowling for a long time in tests since returning from Covid-19.

With reliable alternatives in short supply, the Bangladesh team’s management is of course hoping that Shakib can intelligently use his training schedule purposefully in terms of fitness and match fitness, to prolong his career.