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Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels that living in a bio-bubble was like being in prison. Shakib has skipped Bangladesh’s upcoming test series against New Zealand, which starts on January 1. He cited family reasons, and although it caused a bit of controversy, the BCB eventually granted him leave.
“It was like being in a prison. It’s not like the players roam around a lot during a series. But if you realize mentally that you can’t go out even if you wanted to, that’s where the problem lies. New Zealand doesn’t have it.” once sent their U-19 team to the World Cup thinking about mental health. The coronavirus is not going away easily,” ESPNcricinfo was quoted as saying by Shakib.
“We need to find a new way to survive this. I don’t think bio-bubble and quarantine is the best way. If you can’t meet your three small children regularly, it becomes an unhealthy situation. It affects their growth,” he added.
Shakib further raised doubts about his future in Test cricket, even saying he could stop playing T20Is after the 2022 T20 World Cup.
“I know which format to give importance or preference. It’s time for me to think about Test cricket. This is the fact: whether I will play Tests or not. And even if I do, how do I change the format will play. I also have to consider whether I should participate in ODIs where there are no points at stake. I have no other option,” said Shakib.
“I’m not saying I’m going to stop playing Tests. I may even stop playing T20Is after the 2022 T20 World Cup. I can play Tests and ODIs. But playing three formats is almost impossible. Playing two Tests in 40-42 days is not fruitful It encourages one to play selectively I will definitely plan well with BCB and then move forward It will be the smartest thing to do If it happens in January I know what I am doing for the rest of the year,” he added.
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