Bangladesh Cricket Board allows Shakib to rest until April 30
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has given all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan permission to take a break from the sport till April 30. This is a result of his need of recovering from mental and physical exhaustion.
Shakib recently informed the board that he is not ready to play due to his mental and physical state on Thursday. And added that he should not be traveling to South Africa at this time.
As a result, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan expressed doubts about him. The doubts were about the top all-rounder’s devotion to the national team.
The veteran’s request for a respite was eventually granted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Operation Chairman’s statement
The Bangladesh Cricket Board operation chairman Jalal Yunus stated on Wednesday that Shakib had called him earlier. He said through the phone call that he is not physically and mentally fit to play and wants to skip the SA series. Therefore, the board has decided to grant him rest until April 30.
According to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Shakib will not be eligible for Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier League. It is the country’s traditional Dhaka-club-based 50-over championship.
Shakib attended the MSC jersey presentation program. This happened hours before announcing that he is not ready to play international cricket owing to mental and physical fatigue. He stated that he is glad to be a part of MSC and that he is looking forward to playing the league.
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Shakib’s earlier issues with the BCB
Last year, while leading MSC in the competition, Shakib received a DPL suspension for misbehaving with the umpires. Shakib will meet with the BCB president after returning from Dubai to discuss his future plans. Jalal, the BCB’s cricket operations chairman stated.
Jalal added that he’ll come tomorrow to speak to the BCB president and tell him about his proposal. The board wants to put an end to the Shakib situation as soon as possible. This is because his availability has become a serious concern.
Jalal also added that they won’t be able to force him to participate since cricket is a mental game. If he isn’t mentally strong, it will be tough for him to cope with the harsh conditions in South Africa. Jalal added.