All-rounder Shakib has hit out on the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for suggesting that he doesn’t need to play the longest format of the sport. Shakib has clarified that he simply would not need to play the upcoming two-match Take a look at collection towards Sri Lanka as he needs to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) for getting ready himself for this 12 months’s T20 World Cup which will likely be performed in India. “These two Checks are our final matches within the World Take a look at Championship so it’s not as if we’re going to play the ultimate. We’re on the very backside of the factors desk. I do not assume it makes a lot of a distinction,” Shakib informed Cricfrenzy, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“The opposite main motive is that the World Cup T20 is in India later this 12 months. It’s a crucial match the place we have now a lot to realize. There is not a lot to realize in these two Checks. I feel it’s a higher possibility that I put together myself for one thing greater,” he stated.
“Those that maintain saying that I do not need to play Checks, I’m positive they did not learn my letter. I did not point out anyplace in my letter to the BCB that I do not need to play Checks. I wrote that I need to play the IPL to arrange myself for the World Cup,” he added.
Shakib additionally stated that he clarified in his letter why he needs to skip the Take a look at collection towards Sri Lanka and the explanation was to arrange himself for this 12 months’s T20 World Cup. Nonetheless, Akram Khan, the BCB’s cricket operations chairman had stated that Shakib would not need to play the 2 Checks towards Sri Lanka, to be held from April 21 to Might 3.
“Akram Bhai particularly has repeatedly stated that I do not need to play Checks. I feel he stated it once more in an interview yesterday. I suppose he by no means learn the letter. Folks ought to have a transparent concept that I wished to play the IPL even when ODIs have been scheduled throughout this time,” stated Shakib.
“I need to benefit from taking part in on the identical grounds and towards the identical gamers whom I’ll face within the World Cup T20 4 months later. I can share the identical expertise with my Bangladesh team-mates,” he added.
Shakib has additionally criticised the BCB’s choice to go forward with the Take a look at collection in the course of the IPL.
“No different cricket board holds worldwide matches in the course of the IPL. Solely we’re taking part in towards Sri Lanka. Do you ever see any Afghanistan cricketer taking part in for his or her nation in the course of the IPL? Their board makes positive the gamers are free to play within the IPL. If we do not worth our personal gamers, how are you going to anticipate us to carry out effectively when taking part in for Bangladesh,” stated Shakib.
“I’ll allow you to in on a brutal reality. When abroad gamers come to Bangladesh, we name most of them ‘sir’ or ‘hujur’, however we don’t see our skilled cricketers the identical method. If the individuals, board, and gamers don’t respect you, you’ll be able to’t anticipate them to respect you,” he added.
Shakib will likely be seen taking part in for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on this 12 months’s IPL after he was purchased by the franchise for Rs 3.2 crore within the gamers’ public sale held in February.
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