Ace Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan will be unavailable for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe as well as for the three-match ODI series against West Indies. This was confirmed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials on July 7, 2022.
Cricbuzz has reported previously that Shakib Al Hasan had informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board that will not be available for the three ODIs against West Indies. Bangladesh is scheduled to play three ODIs after the ongoing T20I series at Guyana on July 10, 13, and 16 respectively. The series is excluded from the ODI Super League despite being a bilateral series.
Now BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed the same on Thursday, before getting into a meeting with the selection panel at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib led the side for the first time in three years during their 2-0 Test series defeat to West Indies last week. He was made captain after Mominul Haque resigned from the position shortly before the tour.
The likely reason for Shakib skipping the ODIs is the fact that the matches aren’t part of the ODI Super League.
Shakib Al Hasan Is Not Available In The Zimbabwe Tour: Jalal Yunus
Not only this, but the ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will also not be part of the Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe which will happen after the West Indies series. BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed the same after the meeting with the selection panel at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
“Shakib is not available in the Zimbabwe tour and informed us about it before and so we sat with selection panel regarding the formation of the team. Most of the other senior players are available and they want to play,” Jalal told Cricbuzz.
It was also reported that Bangladesh wants to send a second-string team to Zimbabwe, but a final decision is awaited.