Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan granted permission by BCB to skip NZ tour

Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh Cricket Board has allowed all rounder Shakib Al Hasan to skip the New Zealand tour after the southpaw wrote a letter to the national selectors to exclude his name from the squad.

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BCB President Nazmul Hasan said that he knew about Shakib’s unavailability informally but said that the all rounder was yet to provide an official reason. Earlier this week the selectors announced the 20-man squad for the two match test series against NZ which included Shakib. The squad was released on December 4.

Nazmul on Monday confirmed that Shakib wanted a leave so he was excluded from the squad today. He stressed upon the fact that players need to provide official communication of the reason for their unavailability beforehand.

“Certainly (his leave is granted) and what I wanted to say is that everyone should inform us regarding their availability beforehand considering that makes our job easier to prepare a replacement,” Nazmul said.

“Whoever needs rest or break will be given whether he is an important player or not but his case is different as he neither injured nor he asked for a break. He wanted leave for family commitment,” Nazmul added.

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“We are not embarrassed about it considering we were informally informed so there is no kind of miscommunication but they must inform us officially so that we can choose our path of action. I have always said that rest or break will be given to everyone if they ask for it but the thing is that they have to inform us earlier because it gets complicated if we hear about it all of a sudden. From January onwards these things need to be informed to us beforehand,” added Nazmul.

The Bangladesh side will travel to New Zealand on December 9 for the two match test series starting from January 2022. The test series will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship.

The entire team will need to quarantine themselves for 7 days. Thereafter the team will be allowed in the nets and will play 2 two-day practice games-one intrateam and one against NZ XI.

The first test will start from Jan 1 at Bay Oval in Tauranga. The second test will begin from Jan 9 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Also, there will be no replacement made for the ace all-rounder.

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