Pace bowler Mohammad Shahid, regarded as an integral component of Bangladesh attack in Test matches, is expected to start bowling after completing his rehabilitation following a surgery, according to the physio of Bangladesh Cricket Board, Bayjidul Islam.
That would mean he will be available for the selection for the camp that will start on July 10 for the preparation of the Test series against Australia that is scheduled in August.
Shahid was examined by Bayjidul and bowling coach of High Performance Unit, Jakir Hossain at Bangladesh Cricket Boards Academy ground on Wednesday, when he bowled a couple of deliveries as well.
Bayjidul looked content with the current state of the right-arm pacer.
‘Shahid is in good condition,’ said Bayjidul after observing him.
‘After knee surgery he recovered quickly. We looked after him during the period of his rehabilitation. Today [Wednesday], Jakir bhai and I once again examined him.’
The 28-year old pacer underwent a knee surgery after he had received an injury while fielding in the boundary line for Dhaka Dynamites against Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on November 26 last year.
Shahid looked to be in great touch before the unfortunate incident as he picked up 15 wickets in just eight matches and looked to become the best bowler in the tournament.
His average of 12.46 and strike rate of 10.8 was the best among the bowlers those got at least 10 wickets and among the Bangladeshi only Shafiul Islam had more wickets, 18 from 13 matches.
Bayjid was happy with the progress of the bowler but at the same time he warned that a pace bowler needs a lot of time to fully recover.
‘We will give him some exercise during Eid-ul-Fitr vacation. After vacation, we will work with his bowling’, he said.
‘Actually, it is really hard for a fast bowler to comeback with full rhythm of bowling after injury. In such case, Shahid is not different too. It would require almost two months getting his full rhythm.’
Shahid’s national team fellow fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman underwent the same process and he seemed to struggle to find his old self since his return.
Shahid has taken just five wickets in five Test matches so far but his immaculate accuracy has become the most crucial feature of his bowling so far.
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