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Shakib fit to bowl in Mirpur Test, says Donald



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Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan is fully fit to play the second Test against India tomorrow and will be able to bowl, according to Bangladesh pace bowling coach Allan Donald.

Shakib was suffering from rib and shoulder problems and did not bowl in the second innings of the first Test at Chattogram. During the first ODI against India in Mirpur, the all-rounder suffered a rib injury. When asked about Shakib's injury, Donald said the all-rounder is fine.

"Shakib's ok. He will bowl. He was a little bruised and battered in the one-day game here but he has gone through that. First of all, he is available for selection and he is available to bowl. He's good to go," he said.

Shakib was seen in a good mood at training yesterday, wearing a Lionel Messi jersey during football warm-up. He was moving freely, and Donald felt Shakib would play an important role in the game given the nature of the wicket.

Donald also predicted that Bangladesh would field two and three pacers. Taskin Ahmed will replace Ebadot Hossain, who injured his back during the first Test at Chattogram.

"I think it will be the same three spinners that we have seen and also think we are welcoming back Taskin and then Khaled [Ahmed] as well. That's probably what I can see happening.  The good news is Shakib is good to go and looking at the pitch out there I think he will very much come into play," Donald added.

The second and final Test against India will be played tomorrow at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka with the Tigers 1-0 down in the series.