Shakib given rest from all cricket till April 30

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has given Shakib Al Hasan rest from all form of cricket till April 30, considering his mentaland physical health.

The rest will see him miss Bangladesh’s South Africa tour and some part ofDhaka Premier League (DPL).

   Shakib given rest from all cricket till April 30

   Shakib earlier asked for the rest, saying that he is not enjoying cricketat this moment as he is not in good stead in physically and mentally.

He saidhe needs a break to get him back in right frame of mind and he may join theside in South Africa later for Test series after discussing with BCB.

   Shakib given rest from all cricket till April 30

But BCB Cricket Operations chairman Jalal Younus today informed that Sha-kib applied rest from the entire South Africa tour and the board hasapproved it.

“I talked to Sha-kib today about the tour of South Africa. I called him. Iwant to know his plan and he said he still thinks that he is mentally and physically unfit.

That’s why he wants to skip the tour of South Africa. SinceSha-kib doesn’t want to play now, we are giving him a break.He has beenrested from all forms of cricket until April 30,” Younus said here today.

Sha-kib earlier also said he wants the BCB to chalk out a year-long planfor him as he just wanted to white ball cricket considering two World Cups(T20 and ODI) in coming two years.

Younus said, Shakib will come back to Bangladesh on Thursday night afterwhich he will discuss with BCB about       his  future plan.

   Shakib given rest from all cricket till April 30

“He also said he wants to sit with the board to chalk out a plan. Let himcome first and we’ll talk sort it out,” he said.

Shakib was originally named in both squads for the South Africa tour lastweek after BCB president Nazmul Hassan claimed that the allrounder had agreedto go for the Tests too.

However after the Afghanistan series, Shakib said, he felt he is not rightframe of mind to play cricket and if he plays he can’t give him 100 percent.He said he doesn’t want to betray with his country and the teammates.

Shakib’s comments provoked a strong response from BCB president NazmulHassan Paon, who questioned the allrounder’s commitment to Bangladesh, askingwhether he would have wanted a similar break from the IPL had he been pickedin the auction.

Influential board director and Bangladesh team director Khaled MahmudSujon also came down heavily on Shakib to make it a habit to seek a breakfrom tour repeatedly.

   Shakib given rest from all cricket till April 30

Bangladesh are scheduled to leave for South Africa on March 12. The ODIswill be played on March 18, 20 and 23, and will be followed by a two-Testses

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source:    DHAKA, March 9, 2022 (BSS)

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