BCB President comments on Shakib al Hasan’s request for break from international cricket
By SMCS - Mar 8, 2022 3:15 pm
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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan has raised questions on Shakib al Hasan’s commitment to the national team post complaints of mental and physical fatigue. He said that he was surprised to hear that from the veteran all-rounder, as he had ‘promised’ to play against South Africa.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan

However, on Sunday, Shakib al Hasan has expressed doubts about playing against South Africa after admitting to suffering from exhaustion and needing a break. He also said that he was feeling burdened by the constant dose of international cricket, and that a break would help him to be more productive.

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Nazmul Hasan told CricBuzz in this regard: “Would he have said the same thing if he was picked in the IPL? Would he have said that he is mentally exhausted? If he not willing to play please tell us but it becomes difficult if he informs us at the last minute, then it becomes a problem. We made the plan for South Africa keeping him in mind and now when he says things it does hamper our planning.”

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan

Hasan added: “Members of the coaching staff and the team management are not sure what is happening. It is surprising, to be honest. I don’t know what he is saying now, but his last conversation with me was in Chattogram where he said he would play, and that’s all I know.”

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“I think he is mentally disturbed. What I feel is why won’t he enjoy playing against Afghanistan because we had beaten them and if any cricketer is not enjoying the success of his team, then it is a big problem. It is totally new to me because he was not interested to play Tests initially. Look we won’t force any cricketer but if anyone is under contract then he has to follow it. Otherwise we have to take such a step that won’t be good for anyone,” Nazmul Hasan concluded.