BCB rests Shakib from international cricket till April 30
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board has permitted Shakib Al Hasan to enjoy a leave until April 30 as he opted to skip the upcoming tour in South Africa, told BCB’s cricket operations chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus.

In a presser on Wednesday following a conversation with Shakib Al Hasan over the phone afresh Jalal Yunus additionally added the board has permitted the southpaw to enjoy a rest up to the last day of April to regain his fitness.

‘I told him to take two days before making a conclusive decision that ended today and we called him over the phone asking his plan where he repeated that he is mentally and physically unfit to play cricket therefore he is aiming to miss out on the South Africa series.’

‘Following our conversation, we sat with the board president [Nazmul Hasan Papon] with the presence of our CEO alongside a few board directors.’

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‘Taking Shakib’s interest on a serious note we decided to give him rest till April 30 from all formats of cricket.’

That meant the champion cricketer is not only going to miss the South Africa series to be held from March 18 to April 12 but also the forthcoming Dhaka Premier League which is scheduled to commence on March 15.

With the ICC T20 World Cup in mind, which is scheduled to take place in Australia BCB’s cricket operations chairman believes that the board needs to get him fit in the marquee tournament.

‘He is a very important player to us, an all-rounder as we have the T20 World Cup forth therefore we have permitted him to enjoy full rest till April 30.’

He also said that the board is set to run an in-person meeting with him following his return from Dubai on Thursday.

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‘He was supposed to mail us, however eventually sent a text through the phone and also showed his interest to sit before the BCB president following his return from Dubai.’

The Tigers are going to leave Dhaka for South Africa on March 11, 12 to take part in a three-match ODI and two-match Test series against the hosts.

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