Thursday, September 19, 2019

Shakib returns to the field on his birthday

  • Sports Correspondent,
    Published: 2019-03-24 17:58:42 BdST


Shakib Al Hasan is making his return to the field on his birthday as part of the Hyderabad Sunrisers starting 11 on Sunday.

The Bangladeshi all-rounder has been cleared to play against his former IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, after he completed his recovery from a finger injury.

The Hyderabad squad for the match has three other non-Indian cricketers – opener David Warner, keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and leg spinner Rashid Khan.

Shakib also got the opportunity to ring the match opening bell upon his return to the Eden Gardens venue.

Shakib had suffered a finger injury on Feb 8 during the final of the BPL. He was unable to go on the New Zealand tour because of the injury. He was initially supposed to be ready for the third Test, but was later dropped from the squad.

But he completed his rehabilitation a few days ago and returned to fitness. He then received permission to play in the IPL from the BCB. He will, however, have to stay in contact with the BCB on the matter of his fitness throughout the league.

David Warner is also making his return to the squad after a suspension for ball tampering. Hyderabad was unable to play Warner last season because of the restriction. Warner had previously captained Hyderabad to victory in the league in 2016.

Kane Williamson took up the captaincy last season in Warner’s stead. Hyderabad performed well under the Kiwi captain’s leadership and the team decided to keep him on upon Warner’s return.

But an injury is keeping Williamson from Sunday’s match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is Hyderabad’s captain in his absence.