I am not mentally prepared to lead in Tests and T20Is: Shakib Al Hasan
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has been appointed as the captain of the Tests and T20Is, prior to the upcoming international assignment against Afghanistan, said he is not at all ready to lead the national side.
In an exclusive interview with the country’s leading daily Prothom Alo, the master performer also claimed the team is not in good shape to run.
“I am not even mentally prepared to lead in Tests and T20s. But the team is not in a good shape, so I understand that I have to lead to get it back on track.
“Otherwise, I am not really interested in leading in any format. I can focus on myself if I am not captaining, which would help the team,” Shakib said.
Shakib was one of the leading performers in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Showing excellent all-round performance, he scored 606 runs and 11 wickets in the mega tournament.
He also became the first player to score 500 runs and take 10 wickets in a World Cup tournament.
The 32-year old told that now it is the time for the youngsters to take responsibility.
“I want to see the younger lot to take responsibility. We [Mushfiqur Rahim and he, in the main] got captaincy at a very young age, but they [the next bunch] have now turned 26-27.
“Unless you give them responsibility, you won’t know what they can do. The World Test Championship and T20 World Cup are up ahead, so we should plan for the next four years,” he added.