Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan confirmed on Monday that the all-rounder Shakib al Hasan will be participating in the upcoming two-match series against SA.
Shakib had made himself unavailable earlier due to the IPL 2022 clash. He now agrees to participate in the Test series after not being picked in the auction.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s statement
Nazmul Hasan in his statement said that Shakib will be playing in the Test series against South Africa. Shakib had earlier provided a letter regarding the unavailability of Test due to the upcoming IPL. Now it turns out that no franchise picked him in the auctions which made him automatically available for the Test Event.
Hasan also added that he will talk to Shakib regarding his future plans after he returns from South Africa.
The announcement came hours after the BCB cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus told the media that they are keen to sit down with the all-rounder to talk future.
BCB Cricket Operation Chairman Jalal Yunus’s Statements
Jalal Yunus stated that they will ask him for his plan for the year. Early media reports said that he did not want to play Test matches. He said that though Shakib said he will not play Test earlier, he wanted to play it from inside. Yunus also added that Shakib will be given full freedom to inform the board about his decision.
Yunus mentioned that Shakib might have some problems, and they will consider him if he wants to play a certain number of matches in a format. Jalal said that BCB is not an organization where they consider cricketers as employees.
Shakib had already been out of the Test series on multiple occasions due to personal reasons. He did not participate in the Test series tour of SA in 2017-18 and the Sri Lanka series due to his IPL commitments. He made himself unavailable during the New Zealand Test series earlier this year.
Bangladesh has played 26 Tests since the SA tour while Shakib has appeared in only eight of those. He also missed out a few due to injury and a ban of one year due to not reporting corrupt approaches.