'I never said I would quit' - Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan has denied making any threat to retire from Tests and ODIs to Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha, but he apologised to the coach for a spat regarding his return from the CPL. He said that BCB's cricket operations chairman Akram Khan had given him the green signal to leave for Barbados on July 2.
"I did not make this comment, it was the coach's comment," Shakib told reporters at the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. "Why should I say something like this? If I get angry and tell my father that I don't want to eat, will it come out in the news? It is a simple issue. If I didn't wish to play for Bangladesh, would I have returned today? I would have left without telling anyone. I want to play for Bangladesh at least till the 2023 World Cup."
Later in a separate press briefing at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, he said that he had apologised to the coach for the spat they had had. Shakib had wanted to stay in the Caribbean till the end of the CPL (August 16) and join the Bangladesh team in West Indies before the first ODI on August 20, while Hathurusingha wanted him to play till July 30 and return to Dhaka and join the Bangladesh team.
"I was angry and I said a few things that I shouldn't have, but I said sorry and he accepted that as well," Shakib said. "Because I was on a flight for ten hours I couldn't talk to him and that's why he probably complained in a letter. I didn't have time to talk to him. I tried to reason with him and explain that should I come back for just ten days? He told me that look this is a team game and asked me to stay in the camp. He showed his logic and I showed mine. At the end of the day it went his way."
Shakib said that before he left for Barbados, he had spoken to Akram after speaking to two other BCB officials on July 1 and 2. Back in December, Shakib obtained a No Objection Certificate for playing in the MCC-Rest of the World match, and he had thought it was the same NOC for CPL.
"I have always obtained the NOC before going to all these leagues," Shakib said. "Tamim [Iqbal] and I took NOC for the ROW-MCC game. I thought it was the same NOC for CPL, but Sabbir bhai [cricket operations manager Sabbir Khan] told me that it wasn't the CPL's NOC.
"The day before I left, I asked Sabbir bhai what to do. He told me to call [acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury] Sujon bhai. But he was in Malaysia from where he told to speak to Akram bhai, who said he was in Chittagong so he won't be able to sign the NOC. He said, Leave the NOC with Sabbir, I will sign it. Go to CPL, play well. This is what happened."
Shakib has pleaded innocent, and hopes to get the BCB's clearance to play in the CPL. "I can't say any further because I have to speak to the board, but I think it is a matter of miscommunication," Shakib said. "I think it will all be clear after I talk to Papon bhai [BCB president Nazmul Hasan]. I don't think there is any mistake from my side. But the board will decide about me. If I am given permission, I will go."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84