Shakib Al Hasan. @ AFP
Shakib Al Hasan. @ AFP

Veteran Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has been granted permission by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play in the UAE T20x tournament which will be held from December 19 to January 1.

Shakib, currently nursing an injury on his finger that got infected during the 2018 Asia Cup, will join the likes of Steve Smith, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi. Smith is currently into his seventh month of the 12-month suspension handed to him by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal.

According to a report in ESPNCrinfo on Thursday, Shakib will play in the tournament from December 23, a day after the home series against West Indies, to January 1 next year.

Shakib was confident the UAE tournament could provide him game time that will further his chances of making a comeback. “It will be good preparation for me if I can be fit for these matches,” he said.

“I need these matches to get back from a major injury and into full rhythm.”

As far as the injury is concerned, Shakib has not put any time frame to fully recover. “The physio and I have decided not to put a time frame for my return,” he said.

“Possibly I will start training shortly. I have to start strength training from next week. When I will start improving gradually, and I will see that I don’t have problems in playing, I can think of returning to action. Until then, I wouldn’t want to return, neither the physio will let me.”