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Shakib Al Hasan hasn’t spoken to us officially about captaincy future: Akram Khan

Previously, Nazmul Hasan Papon, the Bangladesh cricket chief, said that Shakib doesn’t quite prefer the red-ball format.

Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, has been an excellent performer. However, when it comes to captaincy, the Jessore-born has shown reluctance quite a few times, saying that he isn’t ‘mentally prepared’ to shoulder the massive responsibility. He iterated the same before the on-off home Test versus Afghanistan and repeated the same after the Tigers’ 224-run drubbing in Chattogram.

Rather, he wants the youngsters to groomed in the role as was the case for him and Mushfiqur Rahim. The southpaw stated that it would be better if he doesn’t lead the side in the longest format.  In the meantime, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) won’t be zeroing on any decision before Shakib officially has a word with them. Akram Khan, the BCB operations chairman told about it.

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“I want to say one thing here now that it is not important who says what. If it comes to cricket board, officially we will talk about it. Shakib did not tell us anything and if he says something officially regarding his captaincy only then we will talk about it,” Khan was quoted as saying to the reporters on Monday.

Shakib Al Hasan not interested in Test cricket

Previously, Nazmul Hasan Papon, the Bangladesh cricket chief, said that Shakib will remain as the skipper irrespective of his liking or disliking. Papon was clear cut in saying that the left-hander doesn’t quite prefer the red-ball format. He put forth how Shakib asked for frequent breaks when the national team was travelling abroad.

“It is a fact that he is quite reluctant to play Test cricket, and you must have noticed when our team was travelling abroad, he had asked for a break during the Test series. So, naturally he must have little interest to play Test cricket.

But never heard anything that suggests he is not interested to lead the side. However, when you are the captain, you will have to play. While this may not be the case if you are not leading the side. So, probably for this reason, talks regarding his captaincy came up,” he mentioned.

Bangladesh are yet to start their journey in the World Test Championship. Their first assignment is the tour of India where they will play a couple of Tests. The series gets underway on November 14 in Indore. The second Test will take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, starting November 22.

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