Shakib defends decision to skip Tests

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By 2017-09-13

(AFP) Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, the world's leading all-rounder, Tuesday defended his decision to play in limited-overs games while skipping Test cricket, saying he needs a break from the longest format to extend his career.

Shakib will sit out two Test matches during the upcoming tour of South Africa after asking his board for a six-month break from Tests.

The 30-year-old will however, be available for the three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games during his country's first tour of South Africa since 2008.

"I get surprised when people ask me why I don't take a break from one-day or Twenty20 internationals or from the foreign T20 league," he told reporters.

"When I play foreign T20 leagues I feel hardly any pressure. For me they are a kind of holiday. Of course, they give me some experience. Financial side is also important.

"But in Test match, I have to bat and bowl and contribute in all four innings. The team also expects me to do that. It's not good if I cannot give my hundred per cent."

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