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Shakib Al Hasan feels break will help extend Test cricket career for Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan, a former Bangladesh captain, is world cricket’s leading all-rounder as per the International Cricket Council Test rankings

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2017 20:09 IST
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Bangladeshi spinner Shakib Al Hasan (C) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Australian batsman Ashton Agar during the third day of the second cricket Test between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on September 6, 2017.(AFP)

Shakib Al Hasan hopes his decision to take a break from playing Test cricket for Bangladesh will help to extend his career in the five-day format by five years. (PAKISTAN VS WORLD XI LIVE)

The ICC’s top-ranked all-rounder requested a six-month break from a Tigers side that has become a credible force in Test cricket, emphasised by the 1-1 drawn series against Australia this month.

With Bangladesh facing tours to South Africa and the West Indies, and a home series against Sri Lanka before the Indian Premier League starts in April, Shakib Al Hasan may have been wary of burnout.

And the 30-year-old wants to ensure that he can go out still playing Test cricket at the end of his career.

Speaking at a press briefing arranged at his residence, Shakib Al Hasan said: “I wanted the slender rest so that I will be able perform for a long time.

“This break would usher me the opportunity to play for another five years or so. I will quit playing Test cricket at the very end of my career. I want to complete my cricket career playing Test cricket.

“The time is long when someone is rested from a Test series rather than a one-day series or a T20I series.

“My prime task is to serve my country. Playing in franchise leagues outside the country is like spending holidays.”

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 20:09 IST