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Shakib has less interest in Tests recently, says BCB boss Nazmul

  • Published at 08:31 pm September 11th, 2019
BCB president Nazmul Hasan briefs the media as directors Jalal Younus and Sheikh Sohel and CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury look on in Mirpur Wednesday Dhaka Tribune

The BCB boss however, believes Shakib is the best possible man to carry the torch for the Tigers in the longest format

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan admitted that Tigers Test captain Shakib al Hasan has less interest about playing Test cricket.

The BCB boss however, believes Shakib is the best possible man to carry the torch for the Tigers in the longest format. 

In a recent interview to a national daily, Shakib said he is not interested in continuing the captaincy duty. 

Even after the defeat against Afghanistan this week, the all-rounder said to the media that discussions would take place with the board if is he to continue leading the Test side.

When asked about Shakib’s remark on Test captaincy and whether the BCB has taken a wrong step in giving him the armband, the BCB supremo elucidated that Shakib has not discussed with them regarding the matter yet.

He added that Shakib has less interest in playing Test matches in recent years.  

“It’s a tough question. But it is right that Shakib may have less interest about playing Test cricket in recent times. We have seen it in the last few years that when our team go abroad for away Test series, Shakib often asks for a break. But personally, we have not heard anything from him about his unwillingness regarding Test captaincy. He has given a lot of service to Bangladesh cricket, and he is our best possible option as Test captain at the moment,” said the BCB chief to the media at the BCB premises Wednesday.   

“Even we had a discussion about the team Wednesday and he has not told us anything about his Test captaincy yet. If he had raised the issue about not continuing as Test captain then we might have discussed it. There is an international series ongoing at the moment. So it is too early to call on the issue,” Nazmul added.

Bangladesh are passing a disastrous week after the mammoth 224-run loss to Afghanistan at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong Monday.

The Tigers will shift their focus to T20 cricket soon as after a few days they will take part in a tri-nation T20I series against visiting Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. 

Bangladesh team undertook a practice session Wednesday morning.

A few players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahmam and Saifuddin participated in the warm-up game for BCB XI against the Zimbabweans.

The BCB boss, who visited the dressing room and gave them support, believes the Tigers will turn around soon and play better and competitive cricket in the upcoming tri-series.

“It is absolutely frustrating that we have suffered defeat in a Test against Afghanistan at home. But for me, we have more painful memories, like losing narrowly against India in the World T20I or in the Asia Cup, or in the Nidahas Trophy. It’s obviously disappointing that we lost the match, but that is not the end of everything. We are a far better team than this. We have quality players in our side like Shakib [al Hasan], Tamim [Iqbal], Mushfiq, [Mahmudullah] Riyad. Also, we have very good players like Soumya [Sarkar], Liton [Das], Mustafizur [Rahman] etc. We will turn around soon,” said Nazmul.

Bangladesh will play their first game of the series against Zimbabwe at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Friday.