| Shakib counting the days for cricket return

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is counting down the days when cricket resumes, in more ways than one.

Cricket, like most other sporting codes around the world, is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, with countries looking for ways to restart.

The 33-year-old Shakib though is also currently serving a one-year after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code late last year.

He will be free to resume international cricket on 29 October and is counting down the days.

Shakib told the Dhaka-based Prothom Alo: “I am counting days in two ways.

“One, when will corona be over, and the other, when will my suspension end. I am going through a tough time.

“Although there’s no cricket going on anywhere, I know that if it starts tomorrow, I won’t be able to play cricket.

“When you are restricted about something, whether others talk about it or not, you know yourself about what you are going through.”

The left-arm spinner and top-order batsman first want the ICC to clarify some different regulations before cricket returns to the field.

The governing body is proposing to change some rules of the game to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Shakib continued: “Now we are hearing that it [coronavirus] might spread around 12 feet, not just three or six.

“So does it mean the two batsmen can’t meet at the end of the over?

“They will stand at their ends? Won’t there be any crowd in the stadium? Will the wicket-keeper stand afar?

“What would happen to close-in fielders? These things require discussions.”

– TEAMtalk media

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