Never Said I Don't Want To Play Test Cricket: Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said that he decided to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year instead of the Test series against Sri Lanka so that he can prepare better for the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India later this year.
Shakib also slammed the chairman of cricket operation, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Akram Khan, for saying that the former captain is not interested in Test cricket anymore despite him not mentioning anything like that in his letter to the board.
"Even if there was an ODI series at this time, I would have done the same," Shakib told Bangladesh-based cricket website Cricfrenzy.
"During the IPL season, I wanted time so that I can prepare myself better. The ground where I will play IPL now will be the ground where I will play the World Cup match after four months. The players with whom I will play the IPL will be the players against whom I will play in the World Cup."
"For this reason, I will get more advantages than anyone else from Bangladesh, and it will also help me to share my experiences with the team that I will gain by playing in the IPL," said Shakib.