All-rounder from Bangladesh says he’s rethinking his testing future and wants to ignore non-Super League ODIs
Shakib has already skipped Bangladesh’s next test round against New Zealand which begins on January 1. He cited family reasons and, although this created a bit of controversy, the BCB ultimately granted him the leave. Shakib has skipped numerous series since the 2017 South Africa tour, although he was also suspended for one year from October 2019 to October 2020 by the ICC.
“I know which format to give importance or preference,” Shakib told the Dhaka-based TV station. TVN. “Now is the time for me to think about test cricket. It is the fact: whether I will play the tests or not. And even if I do, how I will play the format. I also need to determine whether I should participate in ODI where no point is at stake. I have no other option.
“I’m not saying I’ll retire from Tests. I might even stop playing T20Is after the 2022 T20 World Cup. I can play Tests and ODI. But playing three formats is almost impossible. Playing two Tests in 40-42 days is not fruitful. It encourages playing selectively. I will definitely plan well with BCB and then move on. That will be the smart thing to do. If it happens in January , I’ll know what I’m doing for the rest of the year. “
“I’m not saying I’ll retire from Testing. I may even stop playing T20I after the 2022 T20 World Cup.”
Bangladesh are currently in contention for automatic entry into the ODI 2023 World Cup via the Super League. They will play the Super 12s in the 2022 T20 World Cup, while also competing in the World Trials Championship. In the Test tournament, Shakib played very little cricket.
Tamim Iqbal has also jumped numerous T20Is this year, including the T20 World Cup, although he has not declared his retirement from the format.
Shakib, 34, suggested that the pandemic and the accompanying bio-bubble environment played a role in this thinking process. He said spending so much time away from his family is not healthy.
“It was like living in a prison. It’s not like the players wander around a lot during a streak. But when you mentally know it you can’t get out even if you want to, that’s where it lies. the problem. New Zealand didn’t even send their Under-19 team to the World Cup, thinking about mental health. The coronavirus doesn’t go away easily. We have to find a new way to survive this. I don’t think the bio-bubble and quarantine is the best way.
“When you can’t meet your three grandchildren regularly, it becomes an unhealthy situation. It affects their growth.”