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Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Riyad back in Test fold, Nasir axed

Riyad back in Test fold, Nasir axed

The 30-year-old, who occupies the pole position in International Cricket Council all-rounder rankings in all the three formats was instrumental in Bangladesh's recent win over Australia in the first Test where he scored an 84 run knock and also picked 10 wickets in the game. "If I want to play for that long and play well then this rest is required", he added.

So, why has he made a decision to take a break from the longest format of the game? But I have to decide whether I want play five to six more years or just one to two years. Even a 36-year-old Mahendra Singh Dhoni doesn't back out from worldwide duty and has been a part of most of the limited-overs cricket India have played recently.

"I thank the BCB for understanding how big a deal this is for me".

The likes of Kohli, Stokes, Smith and Warner have all played nearly 30 or more matches across all the formats including the IPL. Doesn't fatigue affect these players?

Off-spinning allrounder Mahmudullah was recalled after missing Bangladesh's last three Tests, and fast bowler Rubel Hossain and medium pacer Subashis Roy also cracked the nod. Bangladesh, who have risen to greater heights in limited-overs cricket and is making slow strides in Test cricket is in need of him the most and this is when he backs out. Bangladesh won the first match by 20 runs while lost the second one by 7 wickets. Financial side is also important.

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha had earlier said that Mahmdullah will have to wait for his Test chance despite his magnificent century against New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy this year.

"We have kept Imrul as we know it will be a challenging tour in South Africa and there will be hugely difference from what we encountered against Australia at home".

Shakib has played 50 global matches across all formats since 2016, scoring 771 runs and taking 41 wickets in nine tests during this period.

Shakib will return to the squad for the three-match one day global and two-match Twenty20 series that will be played in October. While there's no doubt about Shakib's abilities but his dedication towards the team after this incident really becomes questionable.

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