Shakib Al Hasan has taken leave from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play IPL 2021 during the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test series in Sri Lanka, and BCB has granted leave. Akram Khan, the board’s cricket operations chairman criticized Shakib for taking leave. He raised questions about Shakib’s desire to play Tests. Naturally, a storm of discussion has taken place in the cricket of Bangladesh. However, Shakib was not uttering a word about them for so long. Shakib was not heard to say anything to clear his stands.
Finally, Shakib revealed his position on an online media Facebook live event. While he was asked about the Sri Lanka series and the IPL, Shakib said that it’s just that he doesn’t want to play Tests, he is sure when he wrote to the BCB, everyone who said he did not want to play Tests or would not play Tests did not read the letter. This is a big deal. He emphasized that he did not mention anywhere in his letter that he did not want to play Tests. As he just mentioned, he wants to play in the IPL at this time because of preparation for the World Cup. That’s all he said.
Shakib claimed that his letter had been misinterpreted and said, “Akram Bhai ( Head of cricket management, BCB ) has repeatedly said, ‘I don’t want to play.’ I don’t think he read the letter well. I would like to thank Papon Bhai (BCB President) for making the correct decision. Players should be given this kind of freedom. If the board or the head of the board helps a cricketer in this way, then the confidence of that cricketer increases a lot. Later, the cricketers’ responsibility towards the national team also increases. I would like to thank Papon Bhai from this perspective. ‘
Describing his position, Shakib further said, ‘If the series was on time, this question would not have arisen. The Corona epidemic has turned everything upside down. These Test matches are part of the Test Championship. We have these two matches left in this competition. We are the team that is at the bottom of the points table. It’s not like that we will play the final if we win these two matches. I don’t think there will be any big issue with it. ‘
Another reason for opting for the IPL without playing two Tests is the preparations for the T20 World Cup, said Shakib, adding that there is a T20 World Cup at the end of this year in India which is very important. He said that they have chances to achieve a lot there. There is no such opportunity in these two Test matches. Of course, if the team wins two Tests, then it is a good achievement.
At the same time, the team will get a chance to find the newcomers as Shakib is not there. Shakib said “A lot of experienced cricketers like me have been playing for a long time. It can be an opportunity to see the newcomers. I was out of the Tests for quite some time. I played a Test, got injured when I played. Bangladesh has played the last seven or eight Tests without me. I don’t think there will be a huge loss if I don’t play this time as well. Rather a couple of cricketers could be generated. There may be an opportunity to see newcomers.”
Shakib himself wants to be involved in the cricket administration of Bangladesh if given the opportunity. ‘I want to work in the highest rank of Bangladesh cricket. I think if I can ever go to a position like the president of the BCB, the work that I will do that no one else in Bangladesh can do. Of course, if I am in cricket, I will cherish being the BCB president. I know that I can be the best president in the history of BCB. I believe very well, it is possible for me’, Shakib’s sayings about being an administrator of Bangladesh cricket.
However, the all-rounder, who set foot at 34 yesterday, has joined the practice for the preparation of the IPL 2021. He returned to the country from the United States on March 23 and has been practicing since yesterday. He has practiced at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium for some time, performing both batting and bowling. The world’s best all-rounder will return to the field for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 14th edition of IPL starting from April 9.
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