Shadman eyeing Test return in the Sri Lanka Tour

Tigers Test opener Shadman Islam has joined the individual practice session in the fourth phase. Shadman was out of the field for nearly one year after sustaining shoulder injury in the last year. Shadman returned to country middle of the month of march. But due to the restrictions for the COVID-19 pandamec, Shadman was unable to make his return to the filed as he planned. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) then arranged individual practice session for the players in the last month. Shadman joined few days back in the practice and he believe he is now in a position to play for Bangladesh team again.

“There was is match practice for me following the rehab and the long break due to COVID-19. But there is a upcoming Sri Lanka Tour. There is also discussions about the domestic competition to start. So i’m now starting to prepare myself for the upcoming matches. Good thing is i can participate in the individual practice sessions like before. I feel good. I can carry on batting just the way i want. So i’m hopeful that i can do well when we will play again.

Shadman had to struggle following his successful surgery in the shoulder earlier in the year. ‘When i returned from Australia i had to quarantine myself for 14 days as there was already nationwide lockdown in process. Then i talked to my coach Elahi Sir and he gave me some tasks at home. Slowly when i was feeling good, i started batting practice. Also maintained my tasks for the rehab session. After two and half months i did some drill and running at the academy field. And now the camp is starting.’

Shadman said it was bit tough for him when practiced for the first time after a long break. ‘I did not participate in any kind practice during the lockdown period or after the Eid. I just had some drill. So when i came here for the first time for batting practice in front of the bowling machine, i felt nervous for a while. I thought there would be some pain. Thankfully there was no pain after completing the first day practice. Right now our bowlers are bowing to me in the nets and it feels good to face them.”

Shadman made his international debut for Bangladesh against West Indies in Tests. He made the perfect start to his Test career with a 75 runs knock during the match. So far he played 6 Tests for the Tigers and scored 275 runs.