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Shakib doesn’t want to play South Africa series





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Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan does not think his physical and mental condition is suitable for playing international cricket as he said he is not enjoying cricket at the moment. The Southpaw thinks that it would not be right to go on tour to South Africa in this situation.

Before leaving for Dubai for personal reasons, Shakib told to media at the airport on Sunday night that he had told the cricket board about his thoughts. The board has asked him to think for a day or two.

"I don't think I should play the SA series with this kind of mentality. I've talked with BCB about it and they said they will let me know after two days. If my mental and physical condition stay like this and I still play the series, it will hurt the entire team," Shakib said.

The all-rounder said he felt like a ‘passenger’ in the recently concluded Afghanistan home series.

"I am disappointed with the way I played the Afghanistan series. I'm not mentally and physically prepared to play international cricket at the moment. I felt like a passenger in the Afghanistan series. I could not enjoy the series at all. I tried to, but it didn't happen," he added.

If Shakib was picked by an IPL side, he planned to forego the Tests in South Africa. In the huge auction, however, he remained unsold. Following that, during the Afghanistan series, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon stated that Shakib will play red-ball cricket in South Africa.

Shakib revealed that during his conversation with the BCB president during the Afghanistan series, he voiced his desire to play in South Africa, but now he believes he needs more time.

"The performance that everyone, fans and BCB expect from me, if I fail to do that and stay like a passenger, it will be like cheating my team-mates. When I had a discussion with Papon bhai, I said I will play at that time. That's why I'm in the squad. But now I feel I need some time."

"The situation can get better, and if it happens I may skip the ODI series and then play the Test series. But if I still play with my current mental situation, it will be like cheating my teammates and the country which I don't want," Shakib concluded.