Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s request for a six-month break from Test cricket ahead of the upcoming tour of South Africa has been accepted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Cricket Operations Chairman Mohammad Akram confirmed on Monday (September 11).
It was stated that the motivation behind the decision was to refresh his body after the rigors of the packed cricketing schedule.
The decision was announced just ahead of squad announcement for the tour of South Africa comprising two Tests, three one-day internationals, and two T20 games. The challenging tour commences on September 28, and Bangladesh will be without the experience of the 30-year-old.
BCB Looks Above Its Interests
BCB president Nazmul Hasan held several meetings with the high ranking board officials before concluding that workload management was necessary for Shakib al Hasan and break from Test cricket would be in the greater interest of Bangladesh cricket.
“Shakib wrote a letter to us asking for a six-month break,” Akram said. “He can miss the first Test against South Africa, but if he wants, he can play the second Test. He will not be traveling with the team, but he can tell us what he decides to do.”
Akram agreed that Shakib’s decision relieve a bit of workload would help him prolong his career. Shakib unarguably the most valuable cricketer in the current setup and recently proved his credentials by picking a ten wicket haul in Bangladesh’ recent historic win over Australia at Dhaka.
He has played 51 Tests, 177 ODIs and 59 T20Is for Bangladesh and has amassed 9785 runs and taken 482 wickets across all three formats while playing a vital role in making Bangladesh one of the fastest rising cricketing nation.
“We can’t always be thinking about us. We should also keep his fatigue into consideration,” Akram said.