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Shakib Al Hasan granted paternity leave; to miss NZ tour

Shakib Al Hasan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has given a nod to Shakib al Hasan to stay with his family during the birth of his third child and skip the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Shakib made his international cricket recently with the series against West Indies and after playing well in the ODIs, he sustained a groin injury during the first Test and was subsequently ruled out of the second and final Test.

“He had asked the board for leave. We will have him back with us after the New Zealand series. We discussed the matter with the board president and granted him leave,” Akram said according to Cricbuzz.

Bangladesh are set to play a 3 match ODI series followed by a 3 match T20 series in New Zealand. The Tigers will play their last match on April 1st before returning home. Shakib, who was the part of the Bangladesh team against the Test series against West Indies has been ruled out of the second Test after pulling off his groin in the first match.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO also announced that they’re planning to play Sri Lanka in April. “There is a time slot in April when Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are both available. So we are trying to fit in the two or three Tests of the Test championship in that slot,” Nizamuddin had informed yesterday.

The ODI series between Bangladesh and New Zealand is set to commence on March 20 while the T20Is will begin on March 28.

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