Shakib Al Hasan is to replace Sandeep Lamichhance the Barbados Tridents squad, the franchise has announced.

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes is elated to have all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan return to the team ahead of the upcoming series against the West Indies.

Shakib was a doubt for the series having not played for the team since getting injured during the Asia Cup in September.  The player, however, resumed full practice last week and has not been troubled by the injury. 

Despite the layoff, Rhodes is confident the return of tactically astute Shakib will be a significant boost for the team.

“It is great to have him back. Shakib is a master tactician,” Rhodes told Cricbuzz. “[Mahmudullah] Riyad did a good job as captain in the Mirpur Test, but somebody of Shakib’s stature, cleverness and tactical awareness is a really important cog to a successful Bangladesh team. We welcome him back with open arms. His finger seems fine at the moment. He had a long 45-minute bat in the nets today. So things are looking good,” Rhodes said.


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