Bangladesh stalwart Shakib Al Hasan, after his return to cricket after serving a one-year suspension, couldn't quite script a great comeback in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup and the all-rounder believes that it won't be very easy to replicate his old form. But the 33-year old will definitely do what it takes to return to form.
Shakib, who played for Gemcon Khulna in the tournament, went back to the USA to attend his ailing father-in-law and as a result missed the final. The all-rounder has returned home on Sunday after spending a few days with the family after his father-in-law's demise.
The southpaw is set to return to international cricket through the series against the West Indies and has come back to Bangladesh in order to prepare himself ahead of it. The all-rounder now wants to leave the bad patch behind and get his rhythm back.
Shakib played nine matches in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup but his bat never smiled. His performance with the ball was okay but not great by his standard. There has been a lot of speculation regarding his form since and he will try his best to make amends in the series against the West Indies.
"There will always be expectations, of your own or of others. I will try to replicate my old form. But all will be understood when the series begins," Shakib told the media.
Shakib opined that it will be disappointing if Bangladesh don't do well in the series. "Keeping in mind the teams they are sending, I think it will be pretty disappointing if we don't do well. I am quite hopeful that we will perform well in the series," he mentioned.
The all-rounder thanked the West Indies for agreeing to tour Bangladesh. "I am really happy that the West Indies are coming. I have to thank them for that because we are going to return to international cricket with their help. I am really thrilled."
Recently Shakib revealed that he is going to be a father for the third time. "It's a very happy news. I seek everyone's blessings for the wellbeing of the child," Shakib concluded.