I deserve a break: Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan officially wrote to BCB seeking six months' rest from Test cricket and BCB gave him rest from two Tests of the South Africa tour. Talking to the media on Tuesday Shakib mentioned he deserves the break as he his mentally and physically tired playing continuous cricket without break.
He informed he was thinking about the break from few days and talked to his family about it.
He said, "I have been thinking about taking the break for quite some time now. I have spoken to my family and friends ahead of this series about this break. I think this will help me. Since I play a lot, I can't focus on my fitness or even try to be mentally fresh. I have been playing for 10-11 years, so I think I deserve a break."
Shakib wants a long career and to run his career smoothly he thinks he needs the break.
"The fact is I think I have many more days to play. If I want to play the rest of my career well then this break is needed. I can play if want. But the fact is what do you want, I play for next 5-6 years or 1-2 years? I feel if I continue it, I cannot play more the 1-2 years. My target is to play better as long as I can play," he added.
Two Tests are not a long time but Shakib thinks it will help him to recover both mental and physical tiredness. He also thanked BCB for understanding his condition.
He informed it was not hard to convince BCB to get the break.
He mentioned, "I thank the BCB for understanding how big a deal this is for me. They said it was a good idea after hearing me out. At the end of the day, I know my body better than anyone. I have to manage it. I didn't ask for anything unethical. I think that's why they accepted it and it wasn't a lot of hard work to convince them."
After the South Africa series, Bangladesh have another two-match series against Sri Lanka. Shakib mentioned he will think later about the Sri Lanka series what if he will play the series or not.
He said, "I applied for six months. Following the South Africa series we have two-Test against Sri Lanka. Till now BCB granted me break for two-Test. After South Africa series we have BPL then I will think about the Sri Lanka series. I will talk to board in that way. If they think and I also fell that I should play the matches or I feel fit mentally then I will play."
Shakib was also asked that why he should not take rest from playing the limited over match. To answer the question Shakib informed Test is a long process game and with preparation it is a matter of about one month. But the limited over matches are not that much long and he need a long break.
Shakib also thinks if any players feel mental or physical tiredness should take the break for better career.
"If anyone feels that he or she needs a break after having played too much cricket, they should be open about it. It will be better for their career," he added.
Many criticise players like Shakib, Gayle or AB de Villiers that they give more priority to the T20 and they play T20 globally. But Shakib is not willing to care the criticism much as he knows his physical and mental condition well.
He said, "I don't react to those [criticisms]. I know how much my body goes through. I am surprised when people question why I am not resting from limited-overs matches or other T20s. There are really no pressures when playing those T20 matches. It seems like a holiday to me, with a bit of experience and of course, it is financially important too."