Shakib wants 6-month break from Test

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Number one ranked all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is contemplating stepping away from Test cricket for the next six months as he is looking at managing his workload. Akram Khan, chairman of the BCB cricket operations has confirmed the news authenticity on Sunday. [বাংলায় পড়ুন: টেস্ট থেকে বিরতি চান সাকিব আল হাসান]

“We will take a decision once he submits the official letter. We just heard about such a thing but there is nothing official about it,” ” Akram Khan was quoted as saying on cricbuzz.

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It is believed Shakib is expected to submit the letter on Sunday (September 10) requesting approval for his stepping away from Tests.

According to Cricbuzz, Shakib had made first mention of the matter to Nazmul Hasan Papon on Thursday. Then on Saturday, the board president held several meetings with the board high-ups to weigh the matter.

However, it has been learnt from sources, Shakib who recently have played his 50th Test match, is ready to fulfill his national commitments in the limited-overs formats. But he is not sure about going through the rigours of the longer form immediately.

If speculations are to be truth, Shakib he will miss the upcoming two-match Test series in South Africa and also the Tests against Sri Lanka at home in December-January.