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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 2:35 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 2:35 AM (IST)

Foreign T20 leagues like holidays, says Shakib

Foreign T20 leagues like holidays, says Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan

Dhaka, September 12

Shakib Al Hasan, the world’s leading all-rounder, today defended his decision to play in limited-overs games while skipping Test cricket, saying he needs a break from the longest format to extend his career. “I get surprised when people ask me why I don’t take a break from ODIs or T20Is or from the foreign T20 leagues,” he told reporters. “When I play foreign T20 leagues, I hardly feel any pressure. For me they are a kind of holiday. Of course, they give me some experience. Financial side is also important. But in Test match, I have to bat and bowl and contribute in all four innings. The team also expects me to do that. It’s not good if I cannot give my hundred per cent.”

Shakib is a regular at franchise-based T20 tournaments around the world, and earned $712,000 from four T20 competitions in 2016. He has played every Test for Bangladesh since missing two games against West Indies in 2014 because of a suspension. His request for the Test break came amid concerns over player fatigue, as well as criticism that players are prioritising earnings over representing their countries.

Shakib said the break from Test cricket would help him “refresh” and prolong his career. “The biggest reason is I think I still have plenty of cricket left in me,” Shakib said. “If I want to play that amount of cricket and play it well, I think this break is essential for me.” — AFP 

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