Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s decision to choose the Indian Premier League (IPL) over Bangladesh’s Test series against Sri Lanka has attracted a lot of criticism from all-around. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also expressed discontentment over his decision. However, coach Russell Domingo feels that the choice made by the player shouldn’t be judged.
Domingo said that it is his personal choice to play in the format he is comfortable playing, and as a coach, he respects his decision.
“As a coach, I would always want Shakib available on the side. On the other side of things, if the player is not all in it, and there are other opportunities at this stage of his career, it is very hard to judge him on making those decisions. I think it is the decision he has to make,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Russell Domingo as saying.
“As coaches, we have to respect his decision. It is his career and livelihood, so it is not for us to make those judgements.”
Hasan’s decision may largely be attributed to his reluctance to play Test cricket, as mentioned by the Bangladesh board. He has shown his disinterest in the format in earlier occasions as well.
“I know when he does play for Bangladesh, he is fully committed. What format he is going to play, those are discussions we probably still need to have going forward. The way cricket is going at the moment, nobody can be forced to play in any format. We have to respect the decision that the board and player are making,” Russell Domingo added.
Earlier, BCB President Nazmul Hassan expressed his disappointment over Shakib’s decision to opt for a franchise T20 league over his national duty. Although the board gave him the No Objection Certificate for the same with any ado, they are not in favour of him being unavailable for the national side.
“I didn’t like the timing of it. He was among the players I expected would take charge of the difficult situation. It was disappointing,” Nazmul Hassan had said on the all-rounder’s decision.
The board decided to come up with a new policy of adding a clause in the central contract of the players to specify beforehand whether they would be available for a particular series or not.