There was much speculation over the fact that premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan may opt out of the tour of New Zealand later this month to be with his family during the birth of his third child. Shakib had however said that the situation will only be cleared after a meeting between the team management and him after the Test series while wondering how these internal matters get leaked outside.
The team management had Shakib bat at number four in the three-match ODI series against the West Indies and had promoted Najmul Hossain to number three. The team management wanted Nazmul to gain experience at number three with the possibility of Shakib missing the upcoming New Zealand tour in mind. The change was made despite the cricketer putting in an all-time great performance in the 2019 World Cup while batting at three.
The star all-rounder scored 606 runs, including five fifties and two centuries, at an outstanding average of 86.57 in the flagship event and in many eyes, Shakib was the player of the tournament for his extraordinary performance.
Shakib, who was asked about this situation in the post-match conference, was a bit shocked and was left wondering how these internal matters got to the media.
"I actually do not know how these internal things get leaked outside," chuckled Shakib.
Shakib however did not confirm anything about missing the New Zealand tour yet.
"We can make an idea about this situation after the Test series. This will be cleared when team management and I have a meeting [after the Test series]," said Shakib.
Shakib, who scored a total of 113 runs in at an average of 56.50 and took six wickets in the three-match ODI series against the West Indies, was adjudged player-of-the-series for his efforts.
Bangladesh will play a two-match Test series against the West Indies with the first Test beginning from February 3 and the second Test from February 11. After the two-Test series against the West Indies, the Tigers are scheduled to depart for New Zealand in late February to play three ODIs and three T20Is.