Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan returns home to Dhaka midway during the World Cup
Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, has been experiencing a poor performance with both bat and ball in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.
As a result, he has decided to leave for home during the tournament. This decision comes after his team was eliminated from the qualification race following their fourth defeat. South Africa delivered a dominant performance, defeating Bangladesh by 149 runs in Mumbai a few days ago.
Even if the team led by Shakib manages to win all their remaining four games, they will only accumulate 10 points. Unfortunately, this total will not be sufficient for them to qualify for the semifinals.
According to a report from ESPNCricinfo, Shakib has gone back to Dhaka to train with his mentor Nazmul Abedeen Faheem in preparation for his team's two upcoming games in Kolkata.
Shakib has been experiencing a slump in form, struggling with both his batting and bowling performances. He has only managed to score a total of 54 runs in five matches, while also taking just six wickets with an economy rate of 5.54.
He has arrived today. We will undergo a three-day training programme. He will be in Kolkata today, tomorrow, and the day after, and then he will return.
In the report, Faheem was quoted as saying that we focused on improving his batting skills today.
Returning home to another country in the middle of a tournament is not a common occurrence. However, due to the close proximity between Dhaka and Kolkata, Shakib believed it was the appropriate decision to make.
Faheem mentioned that Shakib likely feels at ease working in this manner. I am uncertain about our next course of action.
I will approach each session according to his preferences. While it is uncertain if Bangladesh will qualify for the semi-finals, it is crucial for their skipper to take charge and lead by example.
According to the report, Shakib is scheduled to return to Kolkata on Friday, October 27th, just in time for his team's match against the Netherlands on Saturday. After their match on Saturday, Bangladesh will face their Asian rivals, Pakistan, at the same venue on Tuesday, October 31st.