Bangladesh cricket fans will have to wait and see if star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will play in the forthcoming Sri Lanka series owing to his continuous struggle with blurred eyesight.
Since the ODI World Cup Shakib al Hasan is dealing with this problem. Shakib al Hasan is leading Rangpur Riders in Bangladesh Premier League. This constraint caused him to play largely as a spinner, leaving his hitting in the background.
Shakib al Hasan, speaking after Rangpur's triumph on Saturday, provided little clarification on his availability for the Sri Lanka tour, saying only, "Time will tell." He indicated that negotiations with authorities and the board are ongoing before reaching a final decision.
This doubt extends to his ODI captaincy. Shakib al Hasan has already voiced a wish to stand down following the World Cup, but a final decision is still pending. "I will make a decision after consulting with the board," he stated, emphasising the lack of movement on this front.
Despite difficulties Shakib al Hasan is not thinking of quitting
Shakib was clearly frustrated with his restricted role at Rangpur. He admitted to feeling "uncomfortable" owing to his lack of batting rhythm and apologised for failing to meet the team's overall expectations.
Despite difficulties, Shakib al Hasan is determined to conquer them. "I realised that when the time is bad, everything goes bad," he said, "but I am not thinking about quitting." He emphasised his attempts to make a return and a future choice after having exhausted all possibilities.
Shakib's eye condition, which is classified as a retinal problem, requires conservative therapy. He has seen many experts, including specialists in England and Singapore, but the actual cause is unknown.
With the Sri Lanka series approaching and Shakib's future unknown, Bangladesh cricket fans can only hope for a favourable outcome. His availability and captaincy decision will have a big influence on the team's preparation and performance in forthcoming matches.