Shakib Al Hasan Play ODI
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Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is all set to take part in the third and final one day against South Africa after he has decided not to return to Dhaka to be alongside his ailing family who is undergoing treatment due to various diseases.

The southpaw who was expected to leave South Africa for Dhaka on Monday night to be beside his family who are suffering from health hazards caused by pneumonia and cardiac arrest changed his choice for the sake of the national committee, said the Tigers team director Khaled Mahmud on Monday through a video message.

‘Shakib has a medical emergency as several members of his family have been suffering from multiple illnesses that made a confusion regarding his availability in the third ODI.’

‘We were all set to book a ticket for him as he was expected to leave South Africa for Dhaka however eventually he turned down himself and said he will be playing in the third ODI,’

The former skipper of the Tigers believes that family reasons are important for everyone and Shakib is no one exception in this regard.

‘Familial affair always important for anyone and Shakib isn’t the exception. The reason why he needed to change his decision frequently as he is very serious to play in the series.’

‘He earned player of the matching crown in the first match while in the second game it was difficult to bat however he bowled really well,’ he added.

He further added that the 34-year-old who smacked a magnificent 77 of 64 balls to earn an epic 38 run win over the hosts in the opener of the three ODIshe is keen to clinch the series with the final ODI starting on March 23.

‘He likes to win the series. He also knows how difficult it is for us without him to develop a combination. It’s very good news for us that he is sacrificing his family for us.’

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Meanwhile, BCB’s cricket operations chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus told the media that they are ready to back Shakib Al Hasan during his crucial time.

‘Shakib is permitted to skip the series due to his family crisis. Considering the emergency of his family if he feels that he needs to return to Dhaka he may and if he doesn’t he is also granted as we know.

Shakib’s mother, mother-in-law, and two of his children who are suffering from pneumonia are undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital Dhaka while his mother is a cardiac patient.

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