“I will sacrifice the franchise tournaments,” Shakib Al Hasan to prolong international career

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan(Image: BCB)

Bangladesh cricketer Shakib-Al-Hasan has decided not to play in the IPL and PSL 2024 and plans to prolong his International career.

Shakib Al Hasan to prolong international career

The Bangladesh star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan said that he would dedicate more time to national duty and decided to stay out of domestic leagues for some time.

Shakib is currently in rehab due to which he was ruled out for the Test series against New Zealand. He led the Bangladesh side during the World Cup 2023 but missed the match against India and Australia due to injury.

He has stated that he wished to stay away from international cricket for some time and still intends to play cricket for a long time but not at the expense of Bangladesh.

“I did not give my name in IPL so that a window would be opened and when my manager gave my name in PSL I told him to withdraw it. I plan to give all this time to the national team because I will sacrifice the franchise tournaments that I used to play,” Shakib said.

Kolkata Knight Riders roped in Shakib Al Hasan for the IPL 2023 season but he withdrew from the tournament because of International commitments and personal reasons. He made his last IPL appearance in the 2021 season.

“I am playing in three formats and hope that I can continue that but no one knows about the future and what is in store. But till now I have the desire to play cricket for a long time,” he added.

Bangladesh is scheduled to play in the white-ball series on the New Zealand tour starting from December 17. The player will not be ready to be part of the squad in the assignment.

The Bangladesh player is expecting to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League and set to feature for the Rangpur Riders in the competition that begins on January 19.

“I was hoping that I will be going to New Zealand for the ODI and T20 series. As of now the team is departing for the tour and I was planning in that way because I felt I will be okay by four weeks,” Shakib said.

“But I consulted a doctor two days back and he asked me to wait as I will need another two weeks and later start the rehabilitation,” he added.

Shakib will be focusing on returning to BPL 2024 after contesting in the country’s 12th parliamentary elections which is scheduled for January 07.