Currently Shakib Al Hasan has no Desire to Retire from Test Set-Up
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan revealed he has no intention to retire concurrently from the five-day format, as he is looking forward to playing the significant role for the Tigers after featuring in 51 Tests alongside left-handed opening batsman Tamim Iqbal in the future fixtures in the national fold.
“I can play If I want to…but what do you guys want? That I play for another five to seven years or one to two years,” Shakib was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
The 30-year-old Jessore-born Shakib went on to say that he would only announce his retirement from the Test format after stepping down from limited-overs cricket.
“My target is to retire from Test cricket at the very end after I have retired from T20 and ODIs,” Shakib added.
During his press briefing, Shakib brushed off the claims which stated the experienced player is running away from the Test cricket with two-match Test series.
“I needed a bigger break so I opted for the Test format,” Shakib maintained.
Moreover, Shakib also took to the social media where he has clarified his position after announcing his break while donning the white jersey.
Shakib, who felt of being physically drained, has further requested Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), for an indefinite break from the Test cricket, in a bid to make a significant return in the format later on while refreshing himself mentally to play longer for the Bangladesh.
I keep playing like this –maybe I won’t be able to play behind one or two years. However long I play for…I want to play well and that is my target,” Shakib remarked.
Pertinently, the promising prospect Shakib has been the prominent figure for the Tigers across all three formats which further include his availability for different professional leagues across the globe and has eventually taken a toll on him.
Shakib further reiterated break from Test cricket offers a good time to get back into the groove as compared to the break in limited-overs’ series.
“If you take a break from Test series you get a month off. If you take a break from a T20 series you get three days break and for an ODI series it’s only seven days,” Shakib further added.
Recently, Shakib has played an integral part in the first Test win over Steven Smith-led Australia at Mirpur in Dhaka, as he was eventually adjudged Man of the Match.
For the unconditional support, Shakib has also thanked his die-hard fans while wishing all the best to teammates for the South Africa tour.
“I thank you for your never ending love and support. Let’s all wish our Tigers the very best in the upcoming Test Series with South Africa,” Shakib stated.
Considering the factor of the sweltering heat in the five-day format, the players have also faced the brunt of the climate, particularly in the subcontinent owing to the physical endurance.
“I personally and honestly believe this temporary rest will help me regather my strength and enhance my focus on all formats of the game and, as a result, benefit me and the team overall leading to more collective success in the future,” Shakib posted on his official Facebook page.
Shakib, who made his appearance in top-flight cricket in 2006, played 177 ODIs, 59 T20Is and 51 Tests for Bangladesh. He has bagged 482 wickets across all three formats.
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