Shakib al Hasan is speaking to the reporters in Dhaka yesterday. -AA
Shakib al Hasan broke his silence. Since it was revealed that he had request for a short-break from Test cricket and was later accepted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, as a consequence he was not considered for the two-match Test series against South Africa.
From mere street vendors to high-ups of the society it had been the topic of discussion. Journalist chased him like anything only to find he was not ready to disclose what prompted him to take such a decision before the all-rounder himself chose to clear the air.
Camera shutters clicked without any break when he arrived through the lift from his posh house wearing a sky colored Polo shirt and denim jeans and despite sweating all through the impromptu press conference he looked to prepared to take everything with a smile.
The man did not take anything personally despite being questioned whether this decision of a Test sabbatical is justified and remained fully in control of his emotions. 'I think I still have a long playing career left in me,' Shakib told reporters at Dhaka on Tuesday 'If I want to play for that long well and play well then this rest is required,' he said.
'I can play if I want but the question is what you want whether I play for one or two years of for five to six years. I feel that if I play in this manner I cannot survive after one or two years,' he said 'It is better to stop playing than to play in this manner because I want to perform until the last day of my career. So this break is required because I can come back stronger mentally and can play without tension for the next five years,' he added.
Shakib said that it was not difficult to convince the board regarding his decision despite he was the first man from his country to take this route that had been going around his head for a long time. 'I was thinking about it for quite some time and told my family and close ones regarding it,' he said.
'At the end of the day I am the one who knows best about the condition of my body,' he said. 'For me one month break is a long time and once I conveyed my idea it did not take long for the board to accept it and I am thankful to them for it,' he said. 'I think there was nothing unethical about it and so they accepted it,' he said.
Shakib added that he will decide about the next course of action after watching his development during the shorter version series against South Africa. Though Shakib asked for six-month break BCB decided to give him rest in the two-match Test series against South Africa as they felt that it would be enough for him to get over the fatigue. I will decide once I complete the South Africa series and the BPL,' said Sakib.
'I will see where I stand afterwards to talk with the board they feel that I should play I feel that I can give my hundred percent, I will definitely play,' he said. Shakib opined that he needed substantial amount of break so opted for Test cricket 'If you take a break from Test series you get a month off. If you take a break from a T20 series you get three days break and for an ODI series, it's only seven days.
'I needed a bigger break so I opted for the Test format,' he said. Shakib brushed aside that it was due to Twenty20 cricket players like him are asking their respective board not to consider them in Test cricket. When asked how does he react when this is accused of the franchise based Twenty20 cricket rather than giving their hundred percent for the country.
'I don't react about it,' Shakib said. Basically, I laugh when I see these things because there is no pressure in T-20. Its true there is an economical part attached to it but for me it is more like holiday where I gather experience,' he said.I admit it is job for me [playing for my country] as I am being paid but at the same time if there is no passion and drive remained prime criterion of choosing it as a career there is no point playing just for the sake of playing,' he said.
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