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Shakib ‘available for first Test agaisnt Sri Lanka’

Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has tested negative for Covid, three days after he was diagnosed with the disease, Minhajul Abedin, the chief selector of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), said on Friday.

The all-rounder is expected to join the team soon, and he is available for the first of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. However, it’s not clear if Shakib will play the first Test.

“It’s not easy to recover from Covid-19 quickly,” Nazmul Hasan, the BCB president, told the media in Chattogram on his way to Cox’s Bazar. “It’s up to Shakib if he can play the first Test. It would have been easy for him if it was an ODI or a T20 match.”

The first Test will commence on May 15 in Chattogram while the second and final Test of the series will take place in Dhaka from May 23, UNB reports.

This series is part of the ICC World Test Championship. Bangladesh played six matches in this event and won only one against New Zealand earlier this year.