Shakib handed BCB contract amidst uncertainty over future

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been handed an all-format contract as the BCB announced a 21-member list of centrally-contracted cricketers for the 2022 season.

The inclusion of Shakib, who has been handed rest by the BCB to recover from fatigue, in the all format category clears the air regarding his availability for the national team in the future.

The announcement was made hours before the arrival of Shakib from UAE. The all-rounder is expected to sit with the BCB president Nazmul Hasan to discuss his future.

Cricbuzz understands that Shakib had verbally assured them that he will be available for the national team across formats after he was given a break from the tour of South Africa. A BCB official told Cricbuzz that the board will not pay salary to a cricketer for the time frame he is unavailable unless he is injured.

“If anyone is unavailable to perform national duty other than injury in that case he will not be paid for that time frame when the team is playing,” said a BCB official.

Shakib is among only five cricketers, also including Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, to be handed all-format contracts. The board introduced format-specific contract system from last year.

Tamim Iqbal and Mehedy Hasan earned contracts in Tests and ODIs while Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman and Afif Hossain earned a contract for ODIs and T20Is. Yasir Ali and Mahmudul Hasan are the only two new faces in the contract list as they are included for Tests. Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Jayed, Saif Hassan, Soumya Sarkar and Shamim Hossain failed to make the cut while Taijul Islam is given only a Test contract although he was included in ODIs over the last year.

Contracts for 2022

All formats:Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam

Tests and ODIs: Tamim Iqbal and Mehidy Hasan

Only Tests: Mominul Haque, Taijul Islam, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shadman Islam, Ebadot Hossain, Yasir Ali and Mahmudul Hasan Joy

ODIs and T20Is: Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman and Afif Hossain

Only T20Is: Mohammad Naim, Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan and Nasum Ahmed

New Inclusions: Yasir Ali and Mahmudul Hasan Joy

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