Bangladesh's star Shakib Al Hasan requests BCB for 6-month break from Test cricket to refresh his body

Shakib Al Hasan's request for the Test break comes amid concerns over player fatigue, as well as criticism that players are prioritising earning money over representing their countries.

AFP, Sep 11, 2017 13:33:04 IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, 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 Monday.

Bangladesh are likely to name their squad later Monday for the South Africa tour comprising two Tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games, starting on 28 September.

File image of Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, right, with his teammate Soumya Sarkar. AP

File image of Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, right, with his teammate Soumya Sarkar. AP

"Shakib has handed a letter to the board, seeking a break from Test cricket," Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP.

"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.

The 30-year-old has played every Test for Bangladesh since missing two games against the West Indies in 2014 because of suspension.

His request for the Test break comes amid concerns over player fatigue, as well as criticism that players are prioritising earning money over representing their countries.

Shakib is a regular at franchise-based Twenty20 tournaments around the world, and earned $712,000 from four Twenty20 competitions in 2016, according to Bangladesh's Daily Star.

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2017 13:33:04 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254