The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has rested cricketer Shakib Al Hasan from international cricket till 30th April. Notably, the all-rounder earlier showed the desire for a need for a break citing mental and physical fatigue. The 34-year old further mentioned requiring a long-term plan to be able to manage his time in the international circuit.
The left-handed batter will be missing on the upcoming South Africa series which will be played from 12th March to 8th April. Series's ODI squad, named a few days back, was expected to travel alongside Shakib. He himself has expressed disappointment in his recent performances and said he felt more like a 'passenger' against Afghanistan letting his team down. He earlier stated,
“I don’t want to waste the time or someone’s spot,” he had said. “Playing in this way, as a passenger, it will be like betraying or cheating my team-mates and the country,”
The BCB president Nazmul Hasan was also not pleased with Shakib's attitude. He revealed the player confirmed his availability for the Tests but was denied it later. Nazmul added the board is much soft to its players but they should not misuse the advantages and be professional in return.
The president queried if Shakib would have wanted a break from IPL 'too' if he was picked. Nazmul understands representing a country should be the utmost priority of a player. He continued if Shakib was mentally disturbed, he would not even have registered for IPL 2022 mega auction.
"I think it is logical to think that if he were in a poor physical and mental state, he wouldn't have given his name in the IPL [auction],"
“We can’t do anything if he doesn’t want to play [for Bangladesh]. But he can’t keep saying I will play this game, I won’t play that game. We are soft on those who we love, but they also have to be professional. Otherwise, we will have to make decisions that no one will like,”
Visibly, BCB is not pleased with the player's sudden change of mind and wants all the players to be in the national loop at first.