Shakib Al Hasan yet to decide on participation in India tour

Shakib Al Hasan yet to decide on participation in India tour

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has not yet decided whether he will be able to take part in the upcoming tour of India, consisting of two Tests and three T20Is, which begins on September 19 and will run for the next three weeks, following their two-match Test series against Pakistan in August.

Bangladesh had a chance to start a golden season but failed to do so, losing the last ‘super eight’ match of the recently concluded 2024 T20 World Cup against Afghanistan and also losing the other two matches of the same round against India and Australia.

With so many experienced players quitting the shortest format of the game like Virat Kohli, David Warner and Rohit Sharma, there were rumours that the experienced Shakib Al Hasan was also considering the format.

‘I don’t have time to plan for three years’ – Shakib Al Hasan

Former national team captain Shakib Al Hasan did not have a great season with both bat and ball in this 2024 T20 World Cup, managing just 111 runs in seven innings at a strike-rate of 109 and an average of less than 14.

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The 37-year-old has left Dhaka for the US to join the Los Angeles Knight Riders in the upcoming edition of Major League Cricket (MLC). He confirmed that he is currently only thinking about touring Pakistan and has not yet decided on what comes next.

“I don’t have much plans. I have two T20 tournaments coming up, one is MLC and the other is Global T20 League in Canada.” Shakib told reporters at Dhaka airport on Tuesday. ‘Let me see where I am after playing these two tournaments, because I have to understand it.’

The experienced team member indicates that he does not have many years of experience yet and that he can already make plans for the next three to six months.

‘There’s international cricket and there’s a series against Pakistan. I’m planning up to that point and not after that.’ Shakib Al Hasan was observed during the conversation. ‘Now I don’t have time to plan for three to four years, so planning for three to six months is better and later I will think about my next plan, so as of now I am planning till the Pakistan series..

It will be interesting to see if he makes it to the point. The Bangladesh side, in his absence, could consider bringing in a young spin all-rounder from India, who will gain a reputation for bowling on such tracks, as the next edition of the 20-over ICC event is scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka and India.

News broke of how the team’s ace bowler Taskin Ahmed missed the team bus during their match against India in Antigua as he didn’t wake up at the right time. The all-rounder revealed that the pacer later in the tournament apologised to the team and the coaching staff.

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The team bus leaves at a certain point and there is a rule for cricketers that the team bus does not stop for anyone. If someone misses the bus, he gets in the next car. Shakib Al Hasan commented. ‘The manager’s car or a taxi are there and arranging transportation was difficult in the West Indies.’

‘Taskin apologized to the team after that and everyone in the team reacted normally to it, because a human can make mistakes and everyone can make mistakes unintentionally. He accepted it and at that moment the situation was over.’ Shakib Al Hasan concluded.

Shakib Al Hasan has played 129 T20Is so far, scoring 2,551 runs at a strike rate of just over 120, with 13 half-centuries and taking 149 wickets with an economy of just under seven.