Bangladesh national team director Khaled Mahmud heat back at the despotic acts of Shakib Al Hasan after he left some confusion regarding his availability in the forthcoming South Africa series despite being included in the squad.
The 34-year old who has been included in the squads against the hosts both in the one-day and Test series told on Sunday on his way to the UAE that he needs a break while the series goes on from March 18 to April 12 to overcome his mental and physical discomfort he has been suffering due to his torn show in the recently concluded series against Afghanistan.
‘I said that this is the high time for him to draw full stop. You [as a cricketer] don’t know how to handle the BCB, even you can’t say I am not willing to continue.’
‘If you don’t want to play just leave it or if you want to carry on or if it’s a full break then let it be. No one is going to halt your way.’
‘The BCB president also wants to say the same. He voiced lower whereas I did it a high.’
Since the ICC World Cup ended back in 2019 Bangladesh have played 12 Tests where the ace champion player took part in four while among 21 ODIs and 33 T20Is he appeared in 12, 19 games respectively already setting a bad example for the country’s youngsters.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan who held a presser at his palace raised questions over Shakib Al Hasan’s commitment to the national side following the announcement that he is mentally and physically exhausted and not fit to play in the forthcoming series.
“Would he have said the same thing if he was picked in the IPL? If he is not willing to play please tell us but it becomes difficult if he informs us at the last minute, then it becomes a problem.’
‘We made the plan for South Africa keeping him in mind and now when he says things it does hamper our planning. Members of the coaching staff and the team management are not sure what is happening.’
‘It is surprising, to be honest. I don’t know what he is saying now but his last conversation with me was in Chattogram where he said he would play and that’s all I know.’