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.