ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Shakib Al Hasan returns to Dhaka for brief training with his personal guru

shakib al hassanThe Bangladesh captain at the World Cup, has gone to Dhaka to train with his mentor Nazmul Abedin Fahim, while the rest of the team has reached Kolkata ahead of their matches in the city against Netherlands on October 28 and Pakistan on October 31.
Shakib reached Dhaka a day later on Wednesday afternoon Bangladesh lost to South Africa by 149 runs in Mumbai, and went straight to the Shere Bangla National Stadium to work with Abedin. The session lasted for three hours with Shakib mainly taking throwdowns at the nets.

“He arrived today. We will train for three days,” Faheem told ESPNcricinfo. “Today, tomorrow and day after tomorrow and then he will return to Kolkata. We worked on his batting today.”

Shakib has struggled with the bat in the World Cup, scoring just 56 runs in four innings. He has also taken six wickets. All this because Bangladesh has lost four of its five matches so far and is on top bottom of the points table,

“Shakib probably feels comfortable working this way,” Faheem said. “I’m not sure what we’re going to do next – I’ll take each session as it is.”

By the way, the roster of coaches of Bangladesh team is traveling during the World Cup. Khalid Mahmood is the team director, head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, technical advisor S Sriram, and Nick Pothas, Rangana Herath, Allan Donald, Shane McDermott and Faisal Hussain all in various roles.

It is unusual to leave a World Cup campaign and go to another (in this case home) country to train with a private coach. South Africa captain Temba Bavuma previously left the team during World Cup warm-up games to return home and then rejoined the team, but this was due to a “personal situation”, as head coach Rob Walter said.

Shakib had earlier left the 2019 IPL when his team Sunrisers Hyderabad dropped him from the XI for four weeks. He went back to Dhaka to train with prominent local coach Mohammad Salahuddin. On that occasion, he chose Focus on upcoming ODI World Cup in England and Wales, where he scored 606 runs and took nine wickets.

Shakib is scheduled to return to Kolkata on October 27, a day before the Netherlands match.

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