Shakib to ‘miss’ NZ tour

Atif Azam

22 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Shakib to ‘miss’ NZ tour

Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is going to miss their upcoming tour of New Zealand in March as he is expected to remain beside his wife during the birth of their third child.

Bangladesh Cricket Board officials confirmed the matter to the Daily Sun that they are aware of it as the all-rounder has verbally conveyed the message of his unavailability during the time of New Zealand tour.

Bangladesh are scheduled to tour New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20Is, scheduled from March 13 while the BCB is planning to send the team on February 22.

BCB’s cricket operation chairman Akram Khan did not rule out the possibility but said that they are yet to get any official letter from Shakib in

this regard.

“We haven’t received any official letter from him regarding skipping the New Zealand tour. If he applies for it, we will certainly consider it but until that time we can’t say anything about his unavailability,” Akram told the Daily Sun on Thursday. Shakib returned to international cricket through the ongoing three-match ODI series against West Indies after serving a one-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council for failing to report several corrupt approaches.

Shakib and his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir earlier shared an adorable picture with Shakib kissing Shishir’s baby bump on the eve of English New Year.

“New year, new beginning, new addition. Happy new year to everyone,” Shakib and Shishir wrote on their Facebook pages.

Shakib earlier tied the knot with Shishir on December 12, 2012.

Their first child, Alaina Hassan Aubrey, was born in 2015. Shakib became father of his second daughter, Irram Hasan, on April 24 last year.