Shakib leaves Dhaka, wishes team for NZ series

Shakib Al Hasan has left Dhaka to join his wife, who is expecting a third baby, in the United States.

The ace all-rounder was granted paternity leave for upcoming New Zealand tour. The series includes three ODIs (as part of World Cup Super League) and three T20Is. Bangladesh have already announced the team for tour Down Under.

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“I will definitely miss [playing]. It would have felt good if I were able to play, but there’s nothing to do actually. Let’s see what happens. Best wishes to the team,” Shakib said before leaving for USA.

Shakib will not only miss the New Zealand series but also the two-Test (World Test Championship) tour to Sri Lanka in April as he set up a rare illustration in Bangladesh cricket, opting to play franchise league over national duty.

Shakib, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at INR 3.2 crore in the IPL 2021 auction, sent an application to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) asking for leave, which was accepted.

The World No.1 ranked ODI all-rounder made his return to international cricket last month with a player of the series performance against West Indies. He played brief part in the first Test in Chattogram where he was ruled out of the series with injury.

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