Shakib asks break from International cricket

Ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan urged Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to give him a break from the ODI series in South Africso that he can come back mentally and physically fresh for the Test series inthe same tour.

He was included in the both Test and ODI squad of the South Africa tour eventhough talks were doing round that he may not play the Test series.Shakib said he felt him like a ‘passenger’ in the recently concludedAfghanistan series in which he made 74 runs and claimed seven wickets inthree ODIs and two T20Is.

“I don’t think I can play so much international cricket given my mental-physical state,” Shakib told the reporters on Sunday night before boardingthe flight for Dubai where he will do a shooting for a TVC.

Shakib asks break from International cricket

 “If I get a break, if I get my interest back, I can play with more ease. Ifelt like a passenger in the Afghanistan series, which is never desirable. Ididn’t enjoy the ODIs and T20Is.


I don’t think I should be on the South Africa tour with such a mentality. I want to meet everyone’s expectations when I am playing. There’s no guarantee of my best performance, but at leastI will know that I tried my hardest for the country. I don’t want to wastethe time or someone’s spot. Playing in this way, as a passenger, it will belike betraying or cheating my teammates and the country.”

Shakib asks break from International cricket

He said he informed the break matter to Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Younus,who would like to think about it for a couple of days.

“Initially I told BCB that I would be available for both of the formats but after a second thought, I think I should not do this with such a mentalstate. I talked to Jalal Bhai and informed him about my physical and mental
state. He said he would like to think about my break for two days before giving hisdecision,” Shakib informed.

Earlier, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon said that before the IPL auction Shakib Al Hasan gave a letter to BCB to give him a break for six months that would see him miss the South Africa tour. However, since he remained unsold in the IPL auction, Papon expected Shakib in the South Africa tour and theallrounder complied with it.

Shakib asks break from International cricket

Shakib however cleared this break matter also, saying that he wants the BCB tochalk out a year-long plan for him as he just wanted to white-ball cricket considering two World Cups (T20 and ODI) in the coming two years.

“I think at this stage of my career, I need a long-term plan. I think it is important that we have claritabouteverything. My letter to the boarddidn’t mention six months.

I told the board that I wanted to stay out ofTests till November 22 this year. I wanted to concentrate fully on white-ball cricket. We have two World Cups in the next two years,” he remarked.

“I didn’t want to leave Tests totally, but because we are finding a bit ofbalance in the Test side, I felt that if I focus on white-ball, considering my age and physical fitness, I could have done better in ODIs and T20Is. I think it is better if I know the long-term plan for me. There’s no point thinking series-by-series.”

Shakib asks break from International cricket

Bangladesh will leave the country for South Africa on March 12. They willplay three ODIs on March 18, 20 and 23, which are part of ICC ODI Super League as well as two Tests.
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source: DHAKA, March 7, 2022 (BSS)


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