Zimbabwe Twenty20 triangular series June 9, 2012

Shakib rested for Zimbabwe tri-series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.