I never said I would quit playing Tests and ODIs for Bangladesh, says Shakib Al Hasan

"I want to play for Bangladesh at least till the 2023 World Cup"

“I want to play for Bangladesh at least till the 2023 World Cup”

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has announced that he never said that he would quit representing Bangladesh in Tests and ODIs.

Al Hasan blamed head coach Chandika Hathurusingh for making up the comment.

“I did not make this comment, it was the coach’s comment,” Al Hasan said. “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.”

Al Hasan also apologised for getting angry after he was made to return to Bangladesh while on his way to play for the Barbados Tridents in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

“I was angry and I said a few things that I shouldn’t have, but I said sorry and he accepted that as well,” he 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.”

Al Hasan added that he had obtained a No-Objection Certificate to play in the CPL, which is the opposite of what Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan said.

“I have always obtained the NOC before going to all these leagues,” he 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.”

Al Hasan is now hoping that the BCB allows him 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,” he 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.”

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