Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Shakib granted leave by BCB, to miss NZ tour. Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the upcoming tour of New Zealand
Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the upcoming tour of New Zealand
Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the upcoming tour of New Zealand having been granted leave by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the board confirmed on Monday (December 6).
Cricbuzz had earlier reported that Shakib will not be available for the New Zealand tour for personal reasons. BCB president Nazmul Hasan had said he had heard about Shakib’s unavailability “informally” but revealed that the all-rounder was yet provide an official reason, as he justified the inclusion of the allrounder in the squad announced on December 4.
Speaking to reported on Monday, Nazmul confirmed that Shakib was granted leave but stressed that the players should provide official communication of the reason for their unavailability beforehand.
“Certainly (his leave is granted) and what I wanted to say is that everyone should inform us regarding their availability beforehand considering that makes our job easier to prepare a replacement,” Nazmul said. “Whoever needs rest or break will be given whether he is an important player or not but his case is different as he neither injured nor he asked for a break. He wanted leave for family commitment.
“We are not embarrassed about it considering we were informally informed so there is no kind of miscommunication but they must inform us officially so that we can choose our path of action. I have always said that rest or break will be given to everyone if they ask for it but the thing is that they have to inform us earlier because it gets complicated if we hear about it all of a sudden. From January onwards these things need to be informed to us beforehand,” added Nazmul.
Cricbuzz understands that no replacement will be called in place of Shakib.
Bangladesh will kick-start the new year at the Bay Oval in Tauranga by taking on New Zealand in the opening Test, scheduled from January 1-5. The teams then head south to Christchurch for the second Test, starting on January 9. Due to relaxed quarantine in New Zealand, Bangladesh will have the opportunity to play two two-day practice games.