‘I think he’s mentally deranged’, BCB president slams Shakib Al Hasan for his national commitments

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chairman Nazmul Hasan has hit back at Shakib Al Hasan after the latter called for a break from international cricket. Nazmul questioned Shakib’s commitment, asking if he would have wanted a similar break from the IPL had he been chosen in the 2022 auction.

Versatile star Shakib Al Hasan had originally informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that it wanted to play only the limited release formats for most of 2022. It has made itself available for the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bangladesh’s tests against South Africa, scheduled for March and April. However, after not being picked up by any of the franchises, the BCB assumed he would be available for the South Africa Test series.

Reacting to this, BCB chairman Nazmul Hasan said he was surprised at Shakib’s request as the versatile player had ‘promised’ to play against South Africa. “It’s surprising to be honest. I don’t know what he’s saying now, but his last conversation with me was at Chattogram where he said he would play and that’s all I know,” said Nazmul at Cricbuzz.

“If he (Shakib) doesn’t want to play, tell us, but it becomes difficult if he informs us at the last minute, then it becomes a problem. We made the plan for South Africa in keeping him in mind and now when he says things It gets in the way of our planning Coaches and team management not sure what’s going on Would he have said the same thing if he was selected at the IPL? Did he say he was mentally exhausted? Nazmul asked.

Moreover, Nazmul added that there was doubt whether or not Shakib enjoyed playing in the national colors, and felt that he might be in a state of mental disorder. “I think he is mentally disturbed. What I feel is why wouldn’t he like to play against Afghanistan because we beat them and if a cricketer does not benefit from his team’s success , then it’s a big deal,” he said.

Shakib was chosen in the Test and ODI squads for Bangladesh but on Sunday March 6. Initially, he said he needed a break and told BCB he could retire from the ODI series, so he could come back mentally. and physically fresh for the Test series in the same South Africa tour.

Last month, Shakib also skipped the Test series in New Zealand. It was the third time he had taken time off from a series for “personal reasons”. The first time he took such time off was during Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in 2017/18, then he skipped Sri Lanka’s tests last year due to his IPL commitments with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Since 2017, Shakib has only played in 15 of the 33 Tests Bangladesh have played, with reasons for his absences including injury, his one-year suspension for failing to report a corrupt approach and personal leave.

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