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Shakib to return home tonight

  • Published at 08:52 am March 22nd, 2021
Shakib al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka through a Qatar Airways flight at 2am, according to source

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan is returning to Bangladesh from the USA early Tuesday night.

Shakib will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka through a Qatar Airways flight at 2am, according to source.

Shakib was on leave from national duty to attend to his wife who gave birth to their third child earlier this month in the United States.

Shakib in an interview with Cricfrenzy recently claimed that he never told Bangladesh Cricket Board that he doesn’t want to play Test cricket. 

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Former national captain Shakib faced heavy criticism for his decision to play the upcoming edition of the IPL T20 in April, and not the two Tests for Bangladesh against hosts Sri Lanka. 

BCB director Akram Khan while speaking to the media on the issue emphasized that Shakib is not willing to further play the longest format of cricket for Bangladesh, which Shakib has now denied.

“This issue (of me willing to play Test cricket) is being raised over and over again. No one read the letter which I gave to the BCB. Nowhere in that letter did I mention that I do not want to play Test cricket. I have mentioned that I want to play IPL for my better preparation for the World T20 (scheduled for later this year),” said Shakib during a live online session with Cricfrenzy Saturday.

“But Akram bhai has been saying I do not want to play Tests. He I think said this thing even (Friday) in an interview. I think he has not read the letter. They had taken the decision after discussion but I think he has not read the letter,” the 33-year old added.

“I think it should be clear to the people after this regarding me not wanting to play Test cricket. My decision would have been the same even if we had ODI cricket in the schedule. I wanted to play the IPL so that I can prepare better. I will play the World T20 in the same ground where I will play IPL now, and against the same players. I will get better advantage compared to any other player in Bangladesh team, which will eventually help the team,” Shakib explained.

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Following Shakib’s controversial decision, BCB president Nazmul Hasan had come to the media, informing the board’s decision to allow cricketers to choose to play limited number of franchise leagues skipping national duty. 

Shakib thanked the BCB chief and the board for coming to such a decision.   

Also Read - BCB to reconsider Shakib NOC for IPLT20

Meanwhile, BCB cricket operations chairman Akram, following an impromptu meeting involving a few BCB directors at BCB president Nazmul Hasan’s residence Sunday, informed that the board will soon rethink of allowing Shakib in IPL by skipping national duty.

Akram said the board will soon meet for a meeting where they can rethink on Shakib’s No Objection Certificate to participate in IPL set to begin next month.

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Shakib scripted a return to the IPL after a one-year ban with Kolkata Knight Riders signing him for INR 3.2 crores at the auction. 

Shakib has previously played for the Knight Riders between 2011 and 2017, and was an integral member of their championship winning sides of 2012 and 2014.

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