06 Dec 2021, 17:51

BCB grants Shakib's leave from New Zealand tour

  DHAKA, Dec 6, 2021 (BSS) - The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) granted ace

allrounder Shakib Al Hasan's leave from the upcoming New Zealand tour.  
Shakib cited family reasons behind his leave from the tour of New Zealand
where Bangladesh will play two-match Test series, which is the part of ICC
World Test Championship.  

  The BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon confirmed the news, saying that the
allrounder feels that he needs a break from continuous cricket to keep him

  Shakib officially applied for the leave on Saturday, just a few hours after
the BCB announced an 18-member squad for the New Zealand tour where Shakib's
name was included even though he verbally told the BCB president of his
decision to skip the tour.  The BCB president later advised him to apply for

 "Shakib's case is different. He is not injured and he also had no intention
to take a rest. He wanted a break because of a family emergency. Surely
Shakib is our most important cricketer. There is no doubt about it," Nazmul
Hasan Papon said after a meeting with the board of directors at Hotel
Sonargaon today.  

  "Any cricketer who wants rest or leaves will get it. BCB has no objection
to that. However, the players should not apply or tell us about the rest and
leave at the eleventh hour," he added.   

  "The thing is that we want to know from them in advance. If they apply for
leave just before any tour or series, it creates problem in team's balance."  

 The drama unfolded with Shakib's decision to opt out of the tour when the
selectors included his name in the New Zealand-bound Bangladesh team. It is
believed the lack of coordination between the cricket management department
and the selectors is widely exposed in this incident.  

 "There is nothing like coordination or embarrassment here. Everything is
becoming unofficial before. That created a lot of dilemmas. In order to make
it transparent-- one thing is being emphasized and that is-the players have
to inform everything officially," Papon said.

 Shakib will not go to New Zealand for the third time in a row as Bangladesh
are set to visit the country for the fourth time in the last five years.
Earlier this year, Bangladesh went to New Zealand to play three ODIs and the
same number of T20 Internationals. Shakib took leave to be with his wife as
they were expecting their third baby.  

Although Shakib was the captain in 2019, he opted out of the New Zealand
tour. Shakib last visited New Zealand in 2017 and that year, he hammered 217
in Test innings, which remains his best score in the longer version format.  
After the series against Australia at home in 2017, Shakib played only 8
Tests out of Bangladesh's 26 Tests.

He however missed four Tests due to his one-year ban imposed by the ICC.  In
2018, he applied for a six-month break from cricket but BCB gave him a break
from the South Africa tour.  

Despite touring New Zealand quite often, Bangladesh is yet to win any match
in any format there.

So far Bangladesh played 32 matches on New Zealand soil across three formats
and lost all.  The first Test is from January 1-5 at Bay Oval in Tauranga
while the second match is from January 9-13 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. 

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