Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib is confident he will be fit for his side’s tour of Zimbabwe after not playing international cricket since last November.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has declared that he is aiming to be fit and ready to play international cricket on Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe in April.
Shakib has been out of the Bangladesh setup since November 2012 after he suffered a stress fracture to his shin.
The 26-year-old also underwent an operation on his right calf in February, which ruled him out of his side’s recent tour of Sri Lanka, but the all-rounder hopes he will be playing again soon.
“Hopefully I will be fit and available before the tour of Zimbabwe,” Shakib said on ESPN.
“As far as my cricketing fitness is concerned, I am still getting there as I haven’t yet started batting or bowling.”
Bangladesh have had some bad luck with injuries in recent weeks, losing Enamul Haque Jr, Mashrafe Mortaza, Naeem Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahriar Nafees and Tamim Iqbal, at some point during the Sri Lanka tour.
Shakib will be a welcomed return for captain Mushfiqur Rahim as he has scored nearly 6,000 international runs since making his debut for Bangladesh in 2006 and he is currently ranked as the number one all-rounder in one-day cricket.
The Bangladeshi star averages over 35 with the bat in both Test and ODI matches and he has taken 289 wickets in all forms of international cricket to date.
Bangladesh start their tour of Zimbabwe with the first Test in Harare on 17 April.