BAN vs WI: Jalal Yunus, the BCB’s chairman of cricket operations, has announced that Shakib Al Hasan won’t play in Bangladesh’s white-ball tour to Zimbabwe. Reports state that Shakib will not play in the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies.
The other three senior players Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur Rahim are all available for the Zimbabwe tour. Bangladesh will play three T20Is and the same number of ODIs, during their two-week journey, which begins on July 30.
It was first believed that the board could send a second-string team, but Yunus suggested otherwise. This was because firstly the team has a busy schedule this year. Secondly, as a matter of fact, the ODIs are not a part of the World Cup Super League.
“Most of the senior players are available,” Yunus said.
“They all want to play [in Zimbabwe]. Shakib informed us that he isn’t going. We have confirmed a team with the selectors. A full-strength team will go to Zimbabwe. It is an important series although [the World Cup Super League] points are not involved. But we want to do well there. Many people said it would be a second-string team but no, we want to send a strong Bangladesh side.”
Tamim Iqbal to not play in T20I series
Tamim won’t be a part of the T20I series. He had declared earlier this year that he would discontinue using the format for six months. Yunus informed that the board was awaiting a word from Tamim regarding his hiatus.
“Tamim will let us know, maybe after this series or the end of July,” Yunus said. “He had asked for time till July and he was supposed to inform us in August. At the end of July, or at the beginning of August, he will inform. We don’t have to give reminders. We have held plenty of meetings with him. So there is nothing to remind him of.
“He didn’t even tell us if he is available for the [T20] World Cup. Forget the World Cup, whether or not he will play T20Is is important. We were always positive and we wanted him. The decision belongs to him, not us.”
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