Shakib Al Hasan will play against South Africa
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Tigers Champion player Shakib Al Hasan is available for the upcoming series against South Africa despite the BCB has handed him about two months long break up to April 30.

Shakib Al Hasan left a surprise on Saturday following a meeting with the BCB president Nazmul Hasan stating that he will be available in the forthcoming South Africa tour despite he has been permitted to leave until April 30.

‘We, me and Papon Bhai [Nazmul Hasan] with the board, have discussed many things over the last three days. We now finalized a year-long plan.’

‘Since I’m contracted to play all three formats, I will be available for the same. The board will decide when it’s required to rest me, and I’m also available from this South Africa tour.’

The ace all-rounder added forth that he is all set to leave Dhaka for South Africa on March 13 at night.

‘I will leave Dhaka tomorrow night.’

The Tigers have left Dhaka for South Africa in three groups on March 11, 12 to vie in the upcoming series against the hots for three-match one-day internationals and two Tests to be held from March 18 to April 12.

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Earlier on Thursday BCB’s cricket operation chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus told the media that they have handed Shakib a break from all forms of cricket till April 30 as the all-rounder claimed that he was too exhausted to appear in Bangladesh’s forthcoming one-day international and Tests series against South Africa.

Simultaneously the BCB boss said that with a restless cricket calendar ahead in mind the senior players s must need a break as they have been undergoing a hectic schedule in the bio-bubble arrangement since the Covid-19 hit the world back in March 2020.

‘We have discussed the whole plan today. We must remember that the senior players are going through tremendous pressure. We have to play 14 ODIs, 15 T20Is this year, and we have to play eight Tests as well.’

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‘It’s arduous for our senior players to play all these matches. It’s true. We have to understand it. I believe the players need some breaks’

‘And keeping it in mind, I had said that if a player does not want to play a format he should tell us. So that we can plan accordingly. If they tell us just before a series, it becomes tough to plan this way,’ told Nazmul at the presser.

However, the southpaw ended admitting that he is currently feeling better than earlier.

‘Now I’m in a better situation (mentally). After going to South Africa, I may get better. It happens sometimes when you go to a better environment you feel good.’

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