”I won’t be available to play Tests for six months.”-Shakib Al Hasan



Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan is accounted set to discuss his plans in Test cricket for the current year with the BCB. The former captain had before acknowledged the struggle of keeping up with all formats and franchise cricket at his age.

The 34-year-old has made himself inaccessible for the Tests against South Africa but is likely to play the ODI series. He was not part of the team that toured New Zealand for a 2-match Test series at the beginning of the year.

Shakib had first written to the BCB to not consider him for selection in Test cricket for 6-months.

BCB Cricket Operations Chairman Jalal Yunus has found that the situation has different, as the all-rounder went to the IPL mega auction

. The left-arm spinner establishes no bidders, though, despite his name being brought up in those two days of the event. The hesitance of the squad stemmed from the player’s availability.

Yunus said, In this regard:

“Shakib had given a letter saying that he won’t be available to play Tests for six months. The scenario has changed since he won’t be playing in the IPL. He said that he will sit with the board president after the ongoing ODI series [against Afghanistan] to discuss the matter,”

Yunus refuted claims implying Shakib wanted to walk away from the longest format, adding:

“He won’t just talk about the South Africa series (the Test leg of which starts on March 30). Basically, we will ask him for his plan for this year. There have been media reports that he doesn’t want to play Tests, but we know that he wants to play Tests.”

Bangladesh will tour South Africa to play 3-ODIs and 2-Tests. The Test series, to be challenged under the World Test Championship cycle, will start on March 31.

“Nobody is bound to play every match” – BCB open to listening to Shakib Al Hasan’s plan

The bio-bubble construction and regimen started in the post-COVID-19 era have been great factors in Shakib Al Hasan‘s hesitance to play Tests.

The all-rounder previously defended his decision to skip the journey of New Zealand. The BCB has specified that they will not force the veteran to play against his will. Cricket Operations Chairman Yunus said about that in this regard:

“It is not a matter of pick and choose. He might have some problems, so we will consider him if he tells us that he wants to play a certain number of matches in a format. Nobody is bound to play every match. The BCB is not an organization where we consider players as mere employees. They are also stakeholders. They have the freedom to discuss how many matches they want to play.”

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