Bangladesh player Shakib Al Hasan has said that he is facing physical and mental stress ahead of the forthcoming Bangladesh tour of South Africa 2022. Shakib Al Hasan also said that it is not possible for him to play international cricket in the mental and physical condition he has now.
Shakib Al Hasan was recently part of an ODI and T20I series against Afghanistan at home. The left-arm spinner played all the three ODIs and two T20Is against Afghanistan. In 3 ODIs, the left-handed batsman scored 60 runs and picked 5 wickets. In 2 T20Is, he scored 14 runs and hunted 2 wickets. Now, he is also part of the Bangladesh tour of South Africa, slated to begin on March 18.
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Not Possible To Play International Cricket In Current Mental And Physical Condition: Shakib Al Hasan
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Shakib Al Hasan said that he is currently not in a sound mental and physical condition to play international cricket.
“I have spoken with Papon (Nazmul Hasan – BCB president) and agreed to play, and that is why I was in the team. After the Afghanistan series, I have given it a deep thought because it’s immaterial whether I am doing well or not because if I cannot enjoy then that is worrying. Then I am also depriving my teammates,” Shakib said.
“As far as I am concerned, the mental and physical condition that I am in right now, it is not possible for me to play international cricket. If I get a break and get back the interest then it will be easy for me to play cricket. In the Afghanistan series, I was feeling like a passenger and I don’t want to be like that. I could not enjoy the games in T20Is and ODIs. I tried but it did not happen. I don’t think that I should be in South Africa with this mental state,” Shakib Al Hasan further said.
Hasan also said that he has spoken with BCB chairman Jalal Younis over the matter.
“I have spoken with Jalal bhai (Jalal Yunus, BCB cricket operation chairman) and he said he will think about it for two days. With this mental state if I am with the team it will be harmful and I will be cheating with my team-mates. If I cannot meet up the expectations of my own self and the fans then that will be very sad,” Hasan added.
Shakib Al Hasan is part of the Bangladesh squad that will tour South Africa for an ODI and Test series. During Bangladesh our of South Africa 2022, Bangladesh is set to play 3 ODIs and 2 Tests against the hosts.
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The three ODIs will take place on March 18, 20, and 23. The SA vs BAN 1st Test will begin on March 31 while the 2nd Test will commence on April 8. Tamim Iqbal will lead Bangladesh in the ODI series while Mominul Haque is the skipper of the team in the Test series.
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