The Bangladesh Cricket Board is expecting Shakib Al Hasan to be available across formats after he returns to competitive cricket following the break sanctioned by the board to recover from mental and physical fatigue.
Shakib, who is enjoying a break from all sorts of cricket, received an all-format contract when the BCB announced their annual contract list on Thursday.
Shakib refused to travel to South Africa citing that he is not in a condition mentally and physically to play international cricket while earlier he insisted that playing across formats is next to impossible for him in the present scenario.
The BCB’s decision to include Shakib in the all-format category raised quite a few eyebrows considering they are yet to sit with him to know his future plan and chances are slim that he will play in all three formats although the BCB Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin opined otherwise.
“Shakib was given rest until April 30 but he’ll be available afterwards and according to the information we received he’ll be available in all three formats and that’s why we included him in across formats category,” Minhajul told the reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
“We submitted this list at least one month ago and we’ll talk with Shakib after he returns. There are lots of cricket in all three formats this year and so we need a lot of players. We always want the best player in all three formats. I hope he’ll play all three formats after returning back refreshed,” he added.
Another selector Abdur Razzak said that Shakib is yet to step down from any format while adding that it is difficult for the board to drop a player of his stature.
“There was nothing official regarding the six-month break and if someone takes a break for two series it doesn’t mean that he’ll be dropped from the list,” said Razzak.
“The board first confirmed who wants to play in which format and then we finalized the list. Shakib is a big player and we can’t snub him if he doesn’t want to step away from any format willingly.
Meanwhile, Minhajul admitted that it becomes difficult when someone chooses to skip a series considering they had already made a plan keeping him in mind.
“Certainly it’s disappointing when someone decides to move away because there’s always a plan for a series. As per the plan, the team was announced. Shakib’s not going to the South Africa series is a big blow for us. But we can’t force him to play. We have to give the best with our resources,” MInhajul concluded.