Latest update comes following sequence of meetings between the allrounder and BCB boss Nazmul Hassan
“I spoke to [BCB president Nazmul Hassan] Papon bhai for the last two days, when we planned the entire year. I am available for all three formats,” Shakib said in a joint press conference with Hassan and other board members on Saturday. “The board will decide when to give me rest, that includes the South Africa series. I am available for the SA series.”
“Shakib is available for all the formats for the South Africa tour. If he skips a match in this series, please accept it. He wants to play. That is the most important thing”
BCB president Nazmul Hassan
“After reaching Dubai [for a personal engagement], Shakib told me he would make the final decision after speaking to me. Then he told us that he didn’t want to go to South Africa,” Hassan said. “We granted him leave, which was later announced to the media (on Thursday). Then, the day before yesterday, he told me he was mentally tired. It can happen to anyone at any time.
“He was having trouble making up his mind, so we supported him during this time. The board is always with them [the players].”
At that point, Hassan said, Shakib decided to make himself available. “Shakib is available for all the formats for the South Africa tour. He will travel to South Africa tomorrow. If he skips a match in this series, please accept it. He wants to play. That is the most important thing.”
The situation started to develop late last month when Hassan said, after Bangladesh’s third ODI against Afghanistan, that he had directed Shakib to tour South Africa to play both Tests and ODIs. This came in the wake of Shakib informing the BCB that he wanted to skip Tests for six months this year. After Hassan made his statement on February 28, the selectors named Shakib in both the ODI and Test squads for South Africa.
The series in South Africa starts on March 18 with the first of three ODIs, and will be followed by two Test matches.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84