‘Shakib did not want to play Tests, so we made him captain’

The BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon has once again opened up regarding star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s reluctance in the Test format. On Monday, he publicly told the media that the cricket board had snatched the captaincy from former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim in 2017 and given it to Shakib.

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According to Nazmul Hasan Papon, Shakib has been showing unwillingness towards test cricket for many years now. The cricket board appointed Shakib as test skipper in 2017 to make him forcefully available in this format as he had expressed reluctance to play Tests at that time too. “He (Shakib) does not seem to be interested in Test cricket. He did not want to play, so we made him captain,” Papon told the media.

However, the cricket board is no more interested in players like Shakib Al Hasan, who do not want to play Test cricket as they realized such decisions affected the country’s cricket progress in the long run.

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He added on the same, “We tried enough to make him play Test cricket, but there is no point in forcing someone to play. It seemed to me that we could not move forward; instead, we were moving backward. So, I will not force anyone else.”

It is to be noted that former test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was removed from his role after Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in 2017. Although the reason for removing Mushfiqur from the Test captaincy at that time was predictable the reason has been revealed by BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon on Monday.

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