SA vs BAN: Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder, is expected to return home after the One-Day International series against South Africa because members of his family have become unwell. Pneumonia has struck Shakib’s second daughter Eyzah Al Hasan as well as his youngest son Errum Hasan. Both of them have been brought to the hospital with the illness. Also at the hospital is Shakib’s mother, Shirin Reza. She has a heart infection and has been hospitalised for treatment.
Shakib’s all-round excellence guided his team to a win in the first One-Day International against South Africa. It set the tone for the rest of the series. The 34-year-old had an outstanding performance in the first One-Day International. He scored 77 runs off just 64 deliveries and hit seven fours and three sixes in his match-winning innings in the first ODI. As the visitors’ opening bowler, the left-hander was outstanding. He conceeded just 54 runs in his ten-over performance in what was a high-scoring encounter.
SA vs BAN: What did BCB inform about Shakib Al Hasan?
Earlier, the BCB had been waiting for Shakib to confirm his availability for the Tests owing to worries about the health of a family member.
“We keep in contact with him regularly. If the circumstances warrant it, he may be forced to withdraw from the Test series. But we must remember that he is going through a difficult time and that we must support him,” a Bangladesh Cricket Board official was cited as saying by Cricbuzz.
Bangladesh’s technical director, Khaled Mahmud, has confirmed that Shakib will play in the last One-Day International of the series.“A lot of his family members are ill. Therefore he is hesitating. He is now consulting with his family about whether he should return to Dhaka. We’ve had to buy a couple of tickets for him in the previous few days because of his schedule. We also purchased a plane ticket today, since he was scheduled to go on the same day.
“However, Shakib turned it down on his own. He will return when the [third One-Day International] is completed. He was unquestionably intended to return home, as Jalal (Yunus, head of the BCB’s cricket operations committee) Bhai had said earlier in the day in his press conference. But, soon after, Shakib declared that he would quit the team after the third One-Day International,” he said.
South Africa came back with a vengeance in the second one-day international.
Meanwhile, after a terrible performance in the first One-Day International, South Africa produced a stunning comeback in the second One-Day International to tie the series at 1-1.
In the end, Kagiso Rabada’s five-wicket haul, paired with half-centuries from Quinton de Kock and Kyle Verreyne, proved to be the difference. South Africa defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets to draw level in the three-match series. The third and final One-Day International (ODI) is scheduled to take place on March 23 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Both sides aim to win the series.