Notably, the senior all-rounder had informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board that he would not be available for selection for the upcoming Test series’. However, with him going unsold at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru there is a possibility he wants to change his plan.

“Shakib had given a letter saying that he won’t be available to play Tests for six months, The scenario has changed since he won’t be playing in the IPL. He said that he will sit with the board president after the ongoing ODI series [against Afghanistan] to discuss the matter.”

Yunus added that Shakib won’t just talk about the upcoming Test series against South Africa but the entire 2022 Test schedule.

“He won’t just talk about the South Africa series [the Test-leg of which starts on March 30]. Basically, we will ask him for his plan for this year. There have been media reports that he doesn’t want to play Tests, but we know that he wants to play Tests,” said Jalal Yunus as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

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