Shakib Al Hasan: Bangladesh star changes his mind not to tour South Africa, will leave Dhaka to join the team on Sunday
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan has said that Shakib Al Hasan will travel to South Africa tomorrow (Sunday) night to join the Bangladesh national cricket team and will play there in all formats.
Shakib was with Mr. Hassan when he made the remarks in front of a large number of media persons. Officials including Jalal Yunus, head of the board’s cricket operations committee, were also present.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play three ODIs and two Tests in South Africa.
However, a few days ago, before heading to Dubai to promote the brand of a mobile phone company, Shakib said that he felt like a ‘passenger’ on the field while playing against Afghanistan and did not think that he was ‘mentally and physically ready to play international cricket.
After that, the board granted Shakib’s leave on March 6. But now the board president says that after returning to Dhaka, Shakib called him on Thursday and told him that he was interested in going to the South Africa series.
“I asked him to come on board today with more thought. He came and we discussed the whole program. Everyone sat down,” said Mr. Hassan.
However, before asking for leave, Shakib said that he was mentally and physically ready to play cricket.
Asked if he had solved the problem of why he didn’t want to go earlier, Shakib Al Hasan said: “Nothing can be changed in half a day. Better now. Since I have a clear picture in front of me. Natural in South Africa. Maybe it will be better to go in front of the beauty. I hope something good will happen. I will be able to perform better for the team “.
The BCB president said that after lengthy discussions, Shakib had assured him that he wanted to play in all formats in South Africa.
“The day after tomorrow he is mentally disturbed. We can all be this at some point. That’s why he’s having trouble deciding. We’ve discussed the Total Program. There’s nothing to speculate about. Game “.
“But since Shakib has said he is mentally disturbed, he should be by his side at this time. Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe, Riyadh, Mushfiqur have done a lot for the country. We are by their side and will be by their side,” he said.
The board president said Shakib Al Hasan is going to South Africa tomorrow night. Three ODIs and two Tests. But if he doesn’t play in any one of them, there is nothing to worry about. However, if he wants to play spontaneously, he will be welcomed.
“South Africa is a tough opponent. Teams like India have gone there and been whitewashed. We hope the team plays well. They will play well as they play. But I am sure Shakib’s inclusion will boost team spirit.”