Shakib Al Hasan doesn’t have much interest in Test cricket: BCB Chief

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan Papon insisted that Shakib Al Hasan will remain as Test captain of Bangladesh despite being reluctant to stay in the position following the demoralizing defeat against Afghanistan.

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BCB president deliberately said that the world number one all-rounder have less interest for the longer version games.

“We have noticed he did not have much interest in Test (cricket). You have seen that when we were touring foreign countries, he wanted to have a break during the Tests,” Nazmul told reporters in late Wednesday.

“Naturally he might have less interest. But we never heard that he has less interest in captaincy. If he is skipper, then he has to play. If you are not skipper, then you can skip,”

he said.

In the one-off Test series against Afghanistan, Bangladesh became the first team to lose to all 10 Test sides.

“It will be best if I didn’t have to lead,” Shakib told reporters after the Afghanistan loss. “I personally believe it will be good for my game.

“And if I have to continue leading, then obviously there is a lot to discuss about (with the board),” he said.

Shakib, who was one of the most prolific performers in the just concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 scoring 606 runs and claiming 11 wickets, noted his performances might improve if he does not have to do the captaincy.

However, Mr. Nazmul Hassan said he talked with Shakib after losing to Afghanistan.

“Our boys are emotional. I will speak with him when things get calm,” he said.

Shakib will now lead Bangladesh in the forthcoming tri-nation Twenty20 tournament involving Afghanistan and Zimbabwe starting in Dhaka on Friday.

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