Shakib Al Hasan deals with mental and physical stress ahead of Bangladesh’s South African tour.

Shakib Al Hasan, an all-rounder, was a member of the squad and had a good performance in the one-day internationals, taking five wickets. However, he recently admitted that nonstop cricket has been weighing him down tremendously. Shakib has been selected for the next tour to South Africa, but he has confessed that he is not in the correct mental state to play.

“I spoke with Papon (BCB president Nazmul Hasan) and decided to participate, which is why I was in the team. After the Afghanistan series, I gave it some serious thought since it doesn’t matter whether I’m doing well or not; what matters is that I’m having fun. Then there’s the fact that I’m robbing my teammates” Shakib said.

“As far as I’m concerned, the mental and physical state in which I’m currently in makes it impossible for me to play international cricket.” It will be simple for me to play cricket if I have a break and rekindle my desire. I felt like a passenger in the Afghanistan series, and I don’t want to be like that again. I was unable to appreciate the T20I and ODI matches. I tried, but it didn’t work out. Shakib Al Hasan continued, “I don’t think I should be in South Africa with this mental state.”

“At this point in my career, I believe I require a long-term strategy. It is critical, in my opinion, that we have complete clarity on everything. Six months was not mentioned in my letter to the board. I informed the board that I would be avoiding tests until November 22nd of this year. I intended to devote my entire attention to white-ball cricket. In the next two years, there will be two World Cups. I didn’t want to completely abandon Test cricket, but I felt that, given my age and physical fitness, if I concentrated on white-ball cricket, I could have performed better in ODIs and T20Is. It’s pointless to consider in terms of series by series,” he added.

Nazmul Hasan, the head of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, has questioned Shakib Al Hasan’s dedication to the national team.

“I believe it is reasonable to assume that if he was in terrible physical and mental condition, he would not have entered the IPL auction,” Nazmul added. “However, he went ahead and did it. Is this to say that if he had been offered an IPL deal, he would have said the same thing?

“If he doesn’t want to play, there’s nothing we can do” (for Bangladesh). But he can’t keep saying, “I’ll play this game,” “I’m not going to play that game,” and so on. We are gentle with individuals we care about, but they must also be professional. Otherwise, we’ll be forced to make judgments that no one wants.”

He has only played eight matches out of the 27 Tests Bangladesh has played since their last tour to South Africa in 2017-2018. Due to personal circumstances, he also missed the most recent South Africa series. He recently had to cancel a trip to New Zealand. Because two World Cups are coming up in the next two years, Shakib indicated that he wants to focus on white-ball cricket.

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