Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has tested negative for Covid-19. He underwent Covid-19 screening on his return to Bangladesh from the USA. He also tested negative back there.
That means, the southpaw is free to join the personal training programme at BKSP planned ahead of his comeback.
Earlier, a family source informed that Shakib would stay at his residence at Banani until 5-6 September and then go to BKSP to start training.
The all-rounder was banned for two years, with one year suspended, by the ICC for breaching its code of conducts. He will be eligible to play from October 29.
Nazmul Hassan, president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) assured earlier that Shakib will be playing in the second Test match in the Sri Lanka tour.
The BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan earlier informed that the BCB will make a guideline for Shakib once he returns to cricket after his ban. Akram said, "Our guideline will be made after Shakib's ban is lifted and not before that. The ICC has imposed the ban on him and my request to all would be to everyone would be to help us make his return a smooth one. We can only help Shakib after his ban is over and that means that he will only be able to receive the help of our head coach after that."
Bangladesh are scheduled to play a three-match Test series against Sri Lanka as part of the World Test Championship. Shakib Al Hasan is set to prepare himself for that tour at BKSP with the assistance of the staff there.