Shakib Al Hasan to play in Test series against South Africa, says BCB president Nazmul Hassan
After being unsold at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auctions, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan is hopeful that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan would play in the Test series against South Africa.
Hassan reported that Shakib has previously stated that he would miss the Test series against the Proteas due to the IPL 2022.
“Shakib gave us a letter saying that he wants a six-month break from Tests. When we asked him, he said that he will miss Tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka because of the IPL. I replied that you have to play against Sri Lanka, to which he agreed. Now that he is not going to the IPL. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t play the Test series in South Africa. So forget about it. This is no longer in my mind. The IPL was preventing him from playing [the two-Test series], but now he will play [both series],” said Nazmul Hassan as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“Any player can refuse to play any format. I have no problem with that. But they have to tell me. He told me [that he doesn’t want to play Tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka] due to the IPL. Now that it (participation in the IPL) is not happening, I don’t see any other option,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jalal Yunus, the BCB’s cricket operations chairman, stated that no player is required to play every match because the board does not view players as “mere employees.”
“It is not a matter of pick and choose. He might have some problems. So we will consider him if he tells us that he wants to play a certain number of matches in a format,” said Jalal Yunus.
“Nobody is bound to play every match. The BCB is not an organisation where we consider players as mere employees. They are also stakeholders. They have the freedom to discuss how many matches they want to play,” he added.
Shakib last missed a Test series against New Zealand in January, claiming personal reasons for the third time in his career. Due to his IPL commitments, he missed the South Africa tour in 2017-18. And then the Sri Lanka Tests last year.