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Shakib Al Hasan misses New Zealand tour, Bangladesh’s cricket board approves his leave

Bangladesh versatile Shakib Al Hasan will not be part of the New Zealand tour.© AFP

Bangladesh The versatile player Shakib Al Hasan will not be part of the New Zealand tour after which the team will depart later this week. Nazmul Hassan, president of Bangladesh’s Cricket Board (BCB), confirmed that Shakib’s request for leave had been approved by the board. “We have accepted his request. We have been saying for a long time that we have no objection if a player wants to take a break or rest, but it must be officially informed. The thing is, we want to be informed about such a decision. “From January, if anyone wants a breather, he should inform us in advance so that we can prepare alternatives,” said BCB President Nazmul Hassan, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Shakib also earlier missed the white ball tour to New Zealand in March due to paternity leave before missing the two Tests against Sri Lanka in April to play in the IPL.

“This [the confusion] is not an embarrassment, to be honest. We simply did not know about it, officially. The thing is, these things have always happened unofficially. “Now, to avoid confusion, we emphasize that these matters must be official,” said Nazmul Hassan.

Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand includes two Tests, part of the World Test Championship, which starts on New Year’s Day. The team will leave on December 9 to complete quarantine and then play practice matches.

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