Zimbabwe Twenty20 triangular series June 9, 2012

Shakib rested for Zimbabwe tri-series

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Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, will be rested during the unofficial T20 triangular series in Zimbabwe scheduled to start on June 18. Shakib asked to be rested and his request was approved, keeping in view his recent workload. He will be replaced by batsman Jahurul Islam in the squad.

"The BCB Cricket Operations Department decided to withdraw Shakib from the tour squad following a request from the player," a board release stated. "The break was approved considering the continuous cricket Shakib has played over the last two years."

Shakib, who had played each of Bangladesh's 15 Tests, 70 ODIs and eight Twenty20 internationals since the start of 2009, said he was looking forward to time off. "It feels really good. I want to enjoy the break," Sakib said. "I don't want to talk or think about cricket during this break."

This year, Shakib also played for Khulna Royal Bengals in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League, in which he was Man of the Series, and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He is currently the No.1 ranked allrounder in Tests and ODIs.

Jahurul has played just the one Twenty20 for Bangladesh, against Australia in the 2010 World Twenty20.

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  • Sree on June 12, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    All Indians.You guys are so jealous to watch Bangladesh is coming up and started to have world class players.Just within 2 years Bangladesh will be the best team in Asia.How?Yes Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan will be gone.So Sri Lanka will be finished...Tendulkar,Sehwag,Zaheer Khan will be gone...India will have no bowling,even in batting they wont have that world class anymore....Ajmal,Afridi will be gone...so Pakistan is finished....But the best players of Bangladesh are in their 20s.So they have about 12-15 years more to play.After two years they will have more experience of 100 ODI matches....so see no team will be there to challenge Bangladesh....but yes to win abroad against class teams like Sa,Aussie,eng Bangladesh still needs time....but it has started to happen...now indians and pakistanis keep crying and yelling wont matter at all..Whenever you will lose(even umpires wont be able to save you) you will be showing excuses.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Shakib has just turned 25 and already in International Cricket he has scored over 5000 runs, 34 half-centuries, 7 centuries, taken more than 250 wickets, taken more than 50 catches, been captain of his his national team and so on and so forth and that's why he's the BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE WORLD. The closest All-Rounder at this moment who is the closest to Shakib is rightfully Shane Watson and the rest are okay but not consistent like these two but the interesting thing is that good All-Rounders such as Watson, Hafeez, Malik, Afridi, Kallis, Ryan, Yuvraj, Dilshan etc etc are all over 30 so Shakib has a long future ahead of him and will one day prove his class.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    India don't have 'proper' All-Rounders :)

  • Mfaruque on June 12, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    I believe its good that Shakib is taking a rest. He has been playing cricket non stop and its good for him to take a rest. And I like that he took it against Zimbabwe, a weak team. I would rather him take rest against a weak team then a strong team because playing against strong team would improve him more then playing against weak team. And Bangladesh is lot better than lot of you guys are making it out to be. They were okay the last two WC. In 2007 they were in the top 8. In 2011 even thought they lost in the first round, they still managed to win 3 out of 6 games. This is not the Bangladesh team of 2002. The team has improved substantially for the last 8 years. Granted they are still not at the level of teams like Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, India and Pakistan but they are improving. Bangladesh are a threat which now you can't just ignore. If you don't play seriously they can beat you.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    New players need to come up from Bangladesh, Saikat and Shuvagoto are potential players. They could have played here. Jahurul, Ashraful, Anamul, Abul and Zia need to show that they have the temperament to cope with international pressures. Particularly Ashraful and Anamul has the necessary talent to do so. Zia is a good local bowler but he is a wildcard. Overall, it's good to know that potential players are given opportunity to shine.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    @KKR_FAN88: In a way you right, withour Shakib they KKR wouldn't have won matches two matches ! So yes he is important, like Sourav to Pune. Old Sourav still trying to find a place in cricket.

  • Anik on June 11, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    wth? shakib needs to rest? come on, bangladesh will never win a Wc, neither they'll make to the quarters!! don't make me laugh! hope that england wins the t20 wc!!!!

  • Suj on June 11, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    @ FOTO - What if Shakib got injured in the 50 overs WC at the quarter finals stage? How would it have affected any of the Quarter Final stage games? Pak-WI; Aus-Ind; NZ-SAF; SL-Eng. Pray tell me? Has Bangladesh ever even made it that far? Kenya made it to the semis once. But I honestly don't remember Bangladesh making it to the knockout stage in a WC ever! The maximum they've done is beat a couple of test playing nations in a tournament. Never more. And here you are worrying about the World Cup. Even with the T20 Cup do you guys honestly think you have a chance? With or without this guy? I know he's ranked the no.1 all rounder in the world but honestly the build up you guys give him is like he is Bradman, Sobers, Murali, Warne, Sachin, etc. rolled in to one. He's light years from catching up with the likes of Kallis in the all round department. If Kallis is ranked no.1 in the ICC all-rounder rankings, its the rankings itself that will gain respect & prestige and not the other way round

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Yeap! Shakib the best All-Rounder in the world needs this rest so he can perform well in Europe and stay fresh ahead of the World T20 Championships. This series is unofficial anyway for some silly reason and is mainly practice so its a good given time to give the other Bangladeshi's a chance to play and show out their skills.

  • Babaji on June 10, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    He is sub-standard player. I am not sure why this news is even important!? He can rest or stop playing cricket altogether, its not going to impact anyone or any team.

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