Bangladesh rest Shakib

All-rounder is rested for forthcoming Zimbabwe tour at his request

Last Updated: 09/06/12 5:12pm

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Shakib Al Hasan: Not had a real break from cricket for the last two years

Shakib Al Hasan: Not had a real break from cricket for the last two years

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Bangladesh's number one ranked Test and ODI all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is to be rested for the forthcoming Zimbabwe tour.

The move comes following a request from Shakib, who has been playing domestic and international cricket for the last two years without a real break.

The all-rounder was in Bangladesh's 15-man squad for the trip, which features an unofficial tri-series Twenty20 tournament involving hosts Zimbabwe and South Africa from June 18-27 in Harare.

Bangladesh were added as the third team at the last minute to what was originally a five-match series between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Continuous cricket

The Bangladesh Cricket Board said in statement: "The break was approved considering the continuous cricket Shakib has played over the last two years.

"The Board is hopeful that the rest will allow the world's number one ranked test and ODI all-rounder to return for the next assignments of the national team refreshed."

The former Bangladesh skipper was involved in a domestic league last week after returning from India where he played in the Indian Premier League for champions Kolkata Knight Riders until May 27.

Batsman Jahirul Islam has been added as his replacement.

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