|| CF Correspondent ||
Bangladesh Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan chose IPL over Sri Lanka Test series because he wants to take good preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be held in India October.
On Saturday, Shakib came in a live session with Cricfrenzy and said "Playing in the IPL will help me to prepare for the T20 World Cup in India. This is why I took the decision. BCB did not read my letter. I didn’t mention that I won’t play Test matches. Nothing like that mentioned in that letter."
The southpaw said BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan did not read his letter properly as he said "I think Akram Bhai [Akram Khan] did not read my letter properly. Akram Bhai has repeatedly said that I didn't want to play Tests, which is not mentioned anywhere in my letter."
"Look, if we had played with Sri Lanka on time, this situation would not have come. The series would have been played earlier. It didn't happen because of Corona pandemic” he added.
"Now that the Test Championship is underway, we are at the bottom. Even if we win the remaining two matches, we will not play in the final. And they have already played 7-8 matches without me. These are opportunities to make players. Young players will get the opportunity. Besides, there is T20I World Cup at the end of the year which is a big event" Shakib added.
Shakib has been on the receiving end of heavy criticism for his decision to participate in the upcoming season of money-spinning Indian Premier League T20 and skip Test matches for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in April.
Left-arm all-rounder Shakib was picked by IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders for Indian Rupee 3.2 crores from the players’ auction held earlier this month.