12 Sep 2017 - 0:18
Shakib asks for break from Test cricket
Dhaka: Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (pictured above), the world’s leading all-rounder, has requested a six-month break from Test cricket ahead of the upcoming tour of South Africa, the country’s board said yesterday.
“Shakib has handed a letter to the board, seeking a break from Test cricket,” Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said.
“He said he will be available for other formats during this period but he needed this break from Test cricket to refresh his body.
“We haven’t yet made any decision regarding his request. BCB president (Nazmul Hasan) will make the final decision.”
If the BCB accepts Shakib’s request, he will also miss the two-Test series against Sri Lanka at home in December-January.
Shakib starred in Bangladesh’s maiden Test win over Australia last month, claiming 10 wickets and scoring 84 runs.