Zimbabwe Twenty20 triangular series

Shakib rested for Zimbabwe tri-series

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 9, 2012

Comments: 61 | Text size: A | A

Shakib Al Hasan gets ready to play a slog sweep, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 22, 2012
Shakib Al Hasan will not be touring Zimbabwe © AFP
Related Links

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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by india_cant_bowl 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

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

Posted by FARUQUE8810 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Ibra95 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!!!!

Posted by Abaa 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Legaleagle 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.

Posted by hasan1062 on (June 10, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

I dont know why u guys r so blind. Didnt you see the comment of Shakib after he got the offer from county while he was playing IPL ? He was telling that he had a plan to take rest but it seemed that he cant as he was to go for county. Everyone accusing him here admit that he needs rest right now given the situation. But he should have taken it by not playing Premier league. Ya of course you can't say anything to him as the tour is unofficial. But come on, one can easily understand.. It hurts because he is one of the person from BD I like desperately. I dont expect this at least from him. And another thing, those who think that resting him is ultimately good for the team, u have to understand that crickets does not follow superposition rule. its all about team game and fine tuning. isolately best player to each position doesnt make a good team. so the more you play with your reall 11 before a important tournament the better it is and easy for coach to fine tune.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 10, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

does it really matter if this guy is rested or not..i mean anyone can defeat bangladesh or zimbabwe even any of the womens under 19 team...im constantly hearing preparation for T20 world cup..do they think they can win it? hmmm....

Posted by -Murad- on (June 10, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

He didn't reject the county offer. He wanted to play but BCB didn't give him the NOC.

Posted by FOTO on (June 10, 2012, 15:21 GMT)


Posted by FOTO on (June 10, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

@ghumant Shakib already played in the IPL alot so why does he need to do extra unnecessary games

Posted by FOTO on (June 10, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

I think its reasonable.. cause it is unofficial ad it is a practice match and shakib already played for KKR in t 20 already so y does he has to play this unofficial match?? And Bangladesh should work it out that if Shakib one day gets a serious injury they need to thikl wat to do next.

Posted by Lakpj on (June 10, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Another player gone into the mode of IPL/Pijama cricket, if he wanted to rest why did he play in the IPL. He is the best player by a country mile in Bangladesh team. if he looses his interest to play for them, then god bless Bangladesh cricket. hope this is just a temporary decision.

Posted by india_cant_bowl on (June 10, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Shakib had enough T20 match practice is IPL .So no need for him to waste energy here.It is other players who need to work hard to become match fir before the T20 cup

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

all those guys who r sayin that sakib did a wrong thing by not playin for country, well he dint say that he is retiring from cricket for rest!! this series was unofficial so he wanted to giv other youngsters chance to come up n perform for BD!! n about money, everyone needs some money for the future, so he iz saving money for future by playin IPL!! that doesnt make him unproud of wearing the bangladeshi jersey!! guys he is the only thing that BD cud be proud of n he knows that too.. so he planning to make us more happy n proud.. so we shud respect his decisions n support him!!

Posted by Rezwan1492 on (June 10, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Well for those who thinks that he is asking for rest now, to them I want to remind you that an article was issued regarding his wish for a break during April, when this series was not decided. And not just that, he even said that he really needs this break even though if he is called for County Cricket he won't go. So he didn't turn Bangladesh down. But yes, after this tour there was a gap of one month until the Ireland tour so he could have taken the rest then.

Posted by TopOrder_ on (June 10, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

People here commenting that he should be fresh for T20 Worldcup. If resting is the way to go, then why not all 11 take rest so all the team will be fresh instead of just 1 Player. Before all fans were fighting for ANYYY match for prepration now the fans are saying that player needs rest....phew!

Posted by TopOrder_ on (June 10, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

So that he can be fresh for Champions League, County, IPL, Dhaka League, BPL and other money making Matches, BCB is putting all efforts and all fans Praying for getting matches against Regular ICC Members teams at any cost and for the prepration of T20WC. yet He says he needs to rest. As mentined in the article he played 153 days of Cricket from the start of 2009 (1270 days approx.) for his National team, he is exausted...Although it will be unofficial tour but still it is against test playing nation, and he will be back against associate teams (weaker then Zimbabwe). what is he thinking!

Posted by British_North_America on (June 10, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

People try to understand that US 300000 of IPL is in no way comparable to five unofficial T20 matches for the national team.Shakib did the right thing.

Posted by TendiyaRocks on (June 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

I can't believe I've to point out the obvious here - but to all people who whine about T20 destroying cricket etc, please do note that:

1. Shakib had already committed to playing for KKR, this series was a quick arrangement made AFTER the Asia Cup. So he couldn't obviously take a break. 2. DPL was interrupted half way, and he was the captain of the team, so he couldn't just leave his team half way with two or so matches left to win the title. 3. This is an UNOFFICIAL series, so it's pretty much intended for practice, which Shakib don't need since he's overworked. Every other players do. Besides they get one more slot to experiment with. 4. He is still playing all the official matches - i.e. even against Ireland and Netherlands, he just wanted out on the practice matches, which indeed is a wise decision.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (June 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

I'm really upset with SHAKIBs decision...........You are requesting for rest as you have been playing CRICKET for last 2 years constantly........Last few months you played DHAKA LEAGUE and IPL..........My question is when you played IPL you never asked for anything and when your COUNTRY is calling you doesn't matter its international or friendly match, at that time you are asking for REST???This is not a very good example you just put forward to the youngsters.........I urge BCB to don't give him NOC while he would ask for playing at the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE in October...............

Posted by Dhushan on (June 10, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

I don't think he would have thought twice about not playing the IPL because of the huge wad of cash he gets from that. That was easily 6 weeks off. Why didn't he opt out of that? Yes I know the BCB also gets some money but I'm sure they would have respected a player's request as they have now. Sad state of affairs this. Something similar to what happened to Malinga. Ps: The excuse that this is an unofficial series is pathetic. You are representing your country & you should be proud to wear that jersey.

Posted by Fazle_Rabbee on (June 10, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

@Quddus Mamu, This is not an international tournament. So Shakib and may be the whole Bangladesh team can rest. I don't understand no one can remember what was in store for mashrafee. He played excess cricket and got paid by injuries. So Quddus Mamu and others who are criticizing, Shakib is a human being, not a robot. Can you all imagine, he has played continiously for 3 years or so. He must take rest. Good luck Shakib for T20 world clup, Good luck team Bangladesh. We love you all.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 10, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

cricket is changed in 5 years. Players first preference is IPL then country. It was no unexpected because his team won the final of IPL and he was exhausted. By the way ranking wise he is world best odi all rounder so it's big loss to his country. IPL is future of cricket. It's fun and money and fame and entertainment. wow it's really good.

Posted by ghumant on (June 10, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

very very good move. even if sakib didnt apply for a break, resting him by board would be great strategy. this is an unofficial tour, not considered international t20, therefore it is only important for match practice (which sakib has in abundance) and getting team combination for world cup. it is very necessary for the team to find confidence that they can win without sakib or tamim. if tamim could play matches in ipl, i would have suggested to give him a rest too for the team. time to bring players like nasir, bijoy, sunny in limelight (not overshadowed by stars like shakib or tamim) with a bit solid performance form mushfiq, mahmudullah, even from masrafee. time also to find a good opening partnership. this is a chance that this tournament is not considered official, therefore having a worldclass quality match practice. experiment and get your strategy right.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (June 10, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

Sakib is very clever player. Since this is not a recognized game, he won't waste his time but take rest. Anyway, it will offer some other player to play some international game.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

This is unexpected.He played in Ipl and Premier league but going to take rest in In International cricket. At-least he could take rake in Premier League instead of international match.Waiting to see Nazmul Hossain Milon or Mominul Haque in the squad.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

bijoy played really well,from dhaka gladiators,he should be in

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (June 9, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

Malinga refused to play for the country because of IPL, now Shakib. More coming. Very bad decision by Shakib Al Hasan.

Posted by Polock on (June 9, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

It is really a good Decision to give rest player like Shakib for Unofficial series... He is the only Bangladeshi player who was very much busy with cricket Since 2008. Domestic cricket,international Cricket,County cricket,BPL,IPL,others... So, Its really too much workload on him. It is High time to give him some sort of break, so that he will come back with fresh mind for T20 world-cup and will give his best for the BD team. Best of luck!!!

Posted by k4zz on (June 9, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Good move to give him a rest would be interesting to see how they perform without their star man. Good chance for others to show their skills especially in front of the new coach. Who knows a new star might come out of the shadow whether it be Anamul Haque or the likes of Nasir, Mahmudullah showing their strengths as allrounders in the place of shakib.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

once again ipl is the main factor here. nobody denies playing in the ipl for money. Indian league has become the first priority to the players that the players deny to play for their own country.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Now the cricket is truly dead ,RIP :(.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (June 9, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Mominul Haque was a better choice than Jahurul Islam. Bangladeshi team selectors are the worst selectors in the world. Jahurul Islam is a test player not T20 player.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (June 9, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Wise decision 4m BCB (few often we see such decision 4m this board). No need to use their best cricketer for unofficial t-20 series. But it'll show that how competitive BD team is without their best cricketer. It 'll b tough for them to reach the final.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

It should give youngsters some scope to play in the main team, the zim tour is unofficial so Shakib should rest after 4 yrs of a busy cricket schedule.....

Posted by ars29 on (June 9, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

don't be too excited guys as Shakib has taken a break because the upcoming series is just a unofficial tri-nations series! check out the SA team, they also rested their top 5/6 cricketer! compare to them, we just allowed only Shakib.. not more than that! so, for the new comer,it will be an opportunity to make a place for WC T20. we also need to find a better alternative besides the current squad! taking a rest by Shakib doesn't a big deal for Team BD i guess.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Now IPL becomes first priority these player's. India won't let their player's to play in other leagues but putting all the efforts talents from other countries. Again greater cause of cricket fails to Indian mighty marketing and strong affect in ICC

Posted by wiseshah on (June 9, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

take sabbir rahman or mominul as shakib's replacement.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

It is of course a high time for the Lefty.... Good decision to be rested....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

it is really needed for dis STAR.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

i don't think he has played anywhere near as much cricket as a typical England or Indian international cricketer. It may have helped the BD national team prepare for the World T20 by playing their first choice eleven.

Posted by hasan1062 on (June 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

come on Shakib ! it is unexpected from a player so popular to millions of Bangladeshi like you. Of course, I admit that you need the rest right now, given the situation. But don't you think you should have taken this rest by not playing in Dhaka premier league after coming from IPL? Is it really fair to Bangladeshi people? I personally as a die hard fan of you am really disappointed to see you doing this. Believe me, we are die hard fan of you not because of you are such a good player, but more because of you are playing for Bangladesh. I understand that the tour is unofficial, but does that really make less competitive or less important than even Dhaka premier league (?) given that here you will have a jersey of Bangladesh ! I did not bother to write anything regarding this if it was not Shakib.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

this series is a opportunity for anamul,raju and other newcomers.good decision.its high time shakib should have a rest

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

its unofficial t20 series. so its best option to take rest. He is the only player who played a lot of international t20 matches. so its time for someone else to take this opportunity to get some experience about international standard t20 ( Specially Razzak & Mahmudullah).

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Good decision about resting him considering he has been playing a lot of Cricket over the past couple of years without much break he deserves it and should enjoy it. This series is unofficial for some silly reason and will have no affect on the T20 rankings no matter what the performance of the team is in that series. There's a lot of hype about this Bangladeshi youngster Anamul Haque and if he is that talented like a lot of you Bangladeshi's say then they should consider selecting him at least for the Zimbabwe matches. For the South Africa matches, this is how the first 11 should be from 1-11, 1.Tamim,2.Zunaid,3.Rahman,4.Ashraful,5.Rahim,6.Mahmudullah,7.Nasir, 8.Mortaza,9.Abdur,10.Sunny,11.Nazmul.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Anamul and Mominul should be given chances in this series. They've showed some promise in the T20.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Good decision but think about the commitment to national duty. Why Shakib didn't withdraw himself from the games other than the national ones? Its all about money i guess. Please think before you make a decision next time, because we have only one SHAKIB in BD cricket.

Posted by Tiger-Claw on (June 9, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

This series is the perfect time for the new coach to have a look at the younger, inexperienced, out of form or fringe players. Then we can use the players who shine and add them into our first team, most of whom should be rested and we can work on bringing in a winning form by beating Ireland and Netherlands with our best team. I would personally put these players in the squad: Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid, Jahurul, Kapali, Ziaur Rahman, Nasir, Enamul, Nazmul, Rubel, Shahadat, Shamsur Rahaman, Mushfiq (c) and some other youngsters, whose names I have forgotten

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

dont worry guys a new star will rise from BD n win the series for us!!! remembr the NZ series we didnt have tamim n mash..but we whitewashd NZ 4-0!! so its a gud opportunity for others like nasir (allrounder) to showcasee their talent!! but BD will miss sakib definitely!! thumbs up to the decision of the world 's no1 allrounder :)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Great Decission by BCB. He must need some break and this is the time to do it.

Posted by Third_Gear on (June 9, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

SHAKIB is the best player at the moment in the WHOLE world. WE will miss him a lot.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Good decision by Shakib and thanks to BCB

Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (June 9, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

he deserves it. Rest up buddy! We need in the T20 WorldCup all fresh.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

It is a good decision. It is better to rest him for unofficial matches. It wud have been disastrous had he broke down before the T20 world Cup. But who will replace him is the big question. I can bat right handed and bowl left arm spin.

Posted by -Murad- on (June 9, 2012, 8:13 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

it will a grt opportunity for our young-stars to prove themsilves...

Comments have now been closed for this article

Email Feedback Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Tournament Results
Zim XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 24, 2012
Zim XI won by 9 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Zim XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 23, 2012
SAf XI won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Bdesh XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 22, 2012
Bdesh XI won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Zim XI v Bdesh XI at Harare - Jun 21, 2012
Bdesh XI won by 6 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Zim XI v SAf XI at Harare - Jun 20, 2012
Zim XI won by 29 runs
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days