A sudden turn around by Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan taking decision of not playing Test cricket for six months have thrown the national selectors into a baffling condition before announcing the squad for the forthcoming tour to South Africa.
The squad was expected to be announced on Sunday which has been not yet disclosed even a day after. It is reported members of national team selectors have been trying to sway Shakib from his decision.
Reports also revealed BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon fetched chief selector, national Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim, head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and national team manager Khaled Mahmud Shujon into his Gulshan residence to settle the squad without Shakib Al Hasan for the upcoming series but has failed to do so.
It is also known that the board has decided to grant a leave for three months to Shakib Al Hasan instead of his applied period of six months which means he will only be out of the Test series against South Africa. Bangladesh has no other Test series within this time span after the series against South Africa according to FTP.
Bangladesh is scheduled to leave for South Africa on 16th of September. The Tigers will face the Proteas in a series comprises of two Test matches, a three match one day international series and a two match T20I series.