To unload the burden of persistent schedule of international and domestic cricket, Shakib Al Hasan applied for a short leave from Test cricket. Bangladesh Cricket Board, upon approving the request, granted the best performer of the country a leave from the two Test series against South Africa.
Shakib perceived the leave as a good one and said the break would be effective in the long run.
“It has been a good resting period. I was a bit busy in the time being. I think the break will surely help me to perform better in the future,” Shakib said.
Bangladesh is now walking through the series decider against South Africa in Bloemfontein. The result of the first Test was not favorable for the visitors. Although they managed to avoid the innings defeat ultimately, being defeated by a huge margin of 333 runs was embarrassing.
Reckoning South Africa as a tough opponent for all Test playing nations, Shakib Al Hasan said, “South Africa is always a challenging side to face and for us, it is obviously tougher. The last time we faced them was in 2008. Except a few, the members of the present team of Bangladesh do not have any experience to play against the Proteas in the Test. But hope they will come back strongly.”