Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan on Monday (March 7) raised questions over Shakib Al Hasan’s commitment to the national side after he announced that he is mentally and physically exhausted and not ready to play in the upcoming tour of South Africa.

Bangladesh Cricket Board included veteran spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in their squad for the tour of South Africa after he agreed to play in the series consisting of three ODIs and two Tests, though initially, he refused to play the Test series as he wanted to make himself available for the Indian Premier League.

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Surprised By Shakib Al Hasan’s Pullout For Proteas Tour At The Last Minute

However, none of the franchises was interested in picking him which paved the way for him to make himself available for the entire tour. Moreover, there was a late twist in the tale as the spin all-rounder announced on Sunday that constant cricket is weighing him down.

“Would he have said the same thing if he was picked in the IPL? Would he have said that he is mentally exhausted?” Nazmul said adding that he is fine if he is not available but it should not be informed in the last minute.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“If he not willing to play please tell us but it becomes difficult if he informs us at the last minute, then it becomes a problem. We made the plan for South Africa keeping him in mind and now when he says things it does hamper our planning.

“Members of the coaching staff and the team management are not sure what is happening. It is surprising to be honest. I don’t know what he is saying now but his last conversation with me was in Chattogram where he said he would play and that’s all I know.”

Shakib Al Hasan echoed the same sentiment during his impromptu presser before leaving for Dubai on March 6 but added that he has spoken with the BCB Cricket operation chairman regarding his mental and physical state.

Shakib Al Hasan had initially informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board that he wants to only play the white-ball formats for the most part of 2022. He made himself available for the IPL during Bangladesh’s Tests against South Africa in March and April, but after he wasn’t picked up by any of the franchises, the BCB assumed that he’d be available for the forthcoming South Africa Tests.

After the third ODI against Afghanistan last week Nazmul Hasan claimed that Shakib Al Hasan agreed to tour South Africa for both the ODIs and Tests. Shakib Al Hasan was picked in both squads but on Sunday, he said that he needed a break. He indicated to the BCB that he could opt out of the ODI series, so that he can come back mentally and physically fresh for the Test series in the same tour.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Thinks Shakib Al Hasan Is Mentally Disturbed

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan added that he is not sure why Shakib Al Hasan is not enjoying the game but hinted that the veteran could be in a mentally disturbed state.

“I think he is mentally disturbed,” he said. “What I feel is why won’t he enjoy playing against Afghanistan because we had beaten them and if any cricketer is not enjoying the success of his team, then it is a big problem.”

Shakib Al Hasan, Nazmul Hassan © Raton Gomes
Shakib Al Hasan, Nazmul Hassan © Raton Gomes

The president also expressed his surprise over the allrounder’s preference to skip the ODIs and play the Tests instead

“It is totally new to me because he was not interested to play Tests (initially). Look we won’t force any cricketer but if anyone is under contract then he has to follow it. Otherwise we have to take such a step that won’t be good for anyone.”

Nazmul Hassan said that the players have been asked to inform the board beforehand if they want to skip playing a particular format. Tamim Iqbal dropped out of the picture for last year’s T20I World Cup, and has recently said that he doesn’t want to be considered for this year’s edition too.

Mahmudullah, meanwhile, retired from Test cricket in the middle of the one-off match against Zimbabwe last July, drawing Nazmul Hassan’s ire.