Shakib Al Hasan, who suffered an injury during the tri-nation series is likely to return in the Nidahas Trophy. Meanwhile, Nidahas Trophy marks the 70-year of Sri Lanka’s independence.

Host Sri Lanka, along with India and Bangladesh, will engage in a triangular T20I tournament.

Further, Shakib has started his fitness training and is likely to lead Bangladesh in the T-20 tournament.

Shakib sustained an injury to his left little finger during the ODI tri-series final in Mirpur. Further, he missed the Test and T20 series against Sri Lanka. As a result, Bangladesh suffered a humiliating loss on both the occasion.

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BCB optimistic about Shakib’s return:

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) physician, Debashish Chowdhury seemed optimistic about Shakib’s return.

We don’t think there is any uncertainty about his return for the Sri Lanka tour. I hope he will be fully fit within this month. He started fitness training today and he will not have a problem with bowling practice, but it may take two or three days for him to start batting,” Chowdhury said.

He already overcame the danger period, so if he wants to play the ongoing Dhaka Premier League there is no bar from our side,” he added.

Furthermore, ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza recently admitted thatShakib’s return would bring a change in fortunes of the side.

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Meanwhile, BCB is yet to take a call on who will take up the head coach’s role. However, Khaled Mahmud has decided not to continue as a technical director.  According to sources, the board is also thinking about temporarily giving the responsibility to one of the existing foreign coaching staff.

Meanwhile, the tournament kickstarts on March 6, two days before the pre-planned schedule.

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