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Shakib not quite 100% fit: Domingo

Shakib Al Hasan has another couple of days to find full fitness but Bangladesh are hopeful of him playing the Chattogram Test.

The ace all-rounder, who was the player of the ODI series, picked up a groin injury during the third game against West Indies. After a few days of break, he joined the nets ahead of two-Test series.

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Shakib, alongside Taskin Ahmed, had a self-initiated practice session at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Sunday while others were having a rest day.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo says Shakib is not yet 100% fit but is hopeful of having him in the starting XI.

“Obviously Shakib is an important player for us. He strengthens our bowling and batting. He’s a world-class all-rounder. Very difficult to replace him in any format,” Domingo said.

“Preparation for him hasn’t been easy after picking up a groin niggle in the last ODI. He’s gone [through] his rehab. He is still not quite at 100% [fitness]. He’s got another day or so. We are pretty confident that he will be ready for the first Test starting on Wednesday.

However, Shakib is doing better after going through a rehab.

“He has worked really worked in rehab. He has bowled a few balls in the nets. He has hit a few balls. [He is] not feeling too much discomfort,” Domingo added.

The first Test kicks off on February 3, which will be Bangladesh’s first Test sence last year’s February. The second Test will be in Dhaka from February 11.

Shakib last played in the longer-version format in September 2019 when Bangladesh lost to Afghanistan under his captaincy in Chattogram.

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