Shakib returned from USA late Thursday night using Qatar Airways flight. The all-rounder had actually previously come in to the country before the scheduled tour of Sri Lanka and trained at the BKSP in order to prepare himself for a return to cricket following an one-year ban enforced by the ICC for failing to report corrupt methods.
The scheduled tour of Sri Lanka was terminated as well as Shakib flew back to UNITED STATES to await the ban being lifted on October 29.
“Returning home this time is obviously different since other times I return after playing from somewhere or after visiting a place. Although this time too I have returned after finishing some work but what’s different is that I have been able to erase the pressure on me,” Shakib told reporters.
“There is a lot of relief this time round. I wasn’t this relieved the last time around. Now my responsibility is to repay the love, prayers and support from everyone,” he said.
“I hope to be able to reach my previous level as soon as possible but I don’t want to hurry. I will need time just like everyone else and hopefully I will get that time.”
“If I can play the whole [BCB] tournament, then my preparation would be very good. Since West Indies are set to visit, this tournament is the only place where I can prepare,” he concluded.