IPL 2022: Would he want break from IPL? BCB president questions Shakib Al Hasan’s commitment
IPL 2022: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has slammed Shakib Al Hasan for expressing his desire to retire from international cricket and not tour South Africa.
Hassan then questioned Shakib’s commitment to international cricket, questioning if he would have preferred a similar break from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if he had been selected in the mega auction.
“I think it is logical to think that if he was in a poor physical and mental state, he wouldn’t have given his name in the IPL auction. But he went ahead with it. So, does it mean that if he got his IPL contract, he would have said the same thing? We can’t do anything if he doesn’t want to play for Bangladesh,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hassan as saying.
“But he can’t keep saying I will play this game, I won’t play that game. We are soft on those who we love, but they also have to be professional. Otherwise, we will have to take decisions that no one will like,” he added.
Last week, Shakib was picked to the ODI and Test squads for the upcoming series against South Africa. Shakib scored 74 runs and grabbed seven wickets in three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty-20 Internationals against Afghanistan.
“I have been clear with everyone that they must inform us beforehand if they don’t want to play a particular format. But they shouldn’t do all this. It is not desirable,” said Hassan.
“What Riyad did was totally unacceptable. He had come to my house to tell me that he is available for all three formats. Tamim had informed me about his decision to opt-out of T20Is,” he added.