Shakib rested, Mahmudullah, Rubel recalled for Test series in South Africa

Shakib Al Hasan (right) will miss the two match Test series against South Africa
Shakib Al Hasan (right) will miss the two match Test series against South Africa

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been rested for the two match Test series against South Africa after he requested the board for time-off from the longer-format of the game after a gruelling schedule.

Shakib has played 51 Tests and 236 limited overs games for Bangladesh since his debut while he also represents a wide range of franchises in the T20 league around the world.

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.

Even in Bangladesh's historic win over England in the second Test last year in Dhaka, Shakib played a pivotal role, scoring 42 runs and claiming five wickets in the game.

"Shakib has formally written to the Board with the request for some time off from Test cricket temporarily due to the demands placed on him physically and mentally from playing continuously in recent times,” BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said in a statement.

"While he remains very important to the Bangladesh team in all formats, especially in Test cricket, the Board nevertheless acknowledges Shakib’s need for a rest and has decided to keep him out of the Test squad for the Tour of South Africa 2017."

Shakib will, however, return for the limited overs series against South Africa that consists of three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

In the place of Shakib, the selectors have recalled all-rounder Mahmudullah, who last played a Test earlier this year against Sri Lanka.

Also returning to the squad are pace bowlers Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy while all-rounder Nasir Hossain has been left out.

Bangladesh will play a three-day tour game against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI in Benoni before the Test series against the Proteas that will be played between 28th September and 10th October in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein.

Bangladesh squad:

Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mominul Haque

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