All-round star Shakib-al-Hasan said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) “twisted” their decision to play in the IPL to the detriment of national team representation in a series of tests against Sri Lanka .
With Bangladesh not competing in the World Test Championship, Shakib said it was more meaningful to participate in the IPL, as it would help him better prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be held in India later this year.
“These two tests are our last matches in the World Test Championship, so it’s not like we’re going to play the final,” Shakib told Cricfrenzy.
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“We’re at the bottom of the points table. I don’t think that makes a big difference.
“The other big reason is that the T20 World Cup will be held in India later this year. It’s a very important tournament where we have a lot to accomplish. There is not much to achieve in these two. testing. I think this is a better option. that I am preparing for something bigger. ”
Shakib said in his letter to BCB that he mentioned his plans to better prepare for the T20 World Cup.
“People keep talking about it (skipping the Test series against Sri Lanka). Those who say I will not play Test cricket again have not read my letter correctly.”
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“I didn’t mention anywhere in my letter that I didn’t want to play the tests. I mentioned in my letter that I wanted to play in the IPL to properly prepare for the World Cup, but despite this Akram Bhai (president of the BCB cricket operation) has repeatedly said that I do not didn’t want to play the tests, ”he said.
With the T20 World Cup slated for October, Shakib said there are many advantages to playing in IPL this time around.
“The field I will play the IPL on now will be the field where I will play the World Cup game after four months. The players I will play the IPL with will be the players I will play in the World Cup.
“For this reason, I will get more advantages than anyone else in Bangladesh, and it will also help me to share my experiences with the team that I will win by playing in the IPL”, a- he declared.