Bangladesh on Monday announced 15-member Test squad for their tour of South Africa.
Shakib, who is now the number-one ranked allrounder across all three formats, wants a break so he can prolong his career in the longest format.
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"We haven't yet made any decision regarding his request".
The 30-year-old Shakib, who is the number-one ranked all-rounder across all three formats, submitted a letter to the BCB saying wanted to miss the next six months in the longest format so he could prolong his worldwide career.
Mushfiqur Rahim will lead the Test squad against South Africa. He can miss the first Test against South Africa but if he wants, he can play the second Test.
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The 30-year-old was impressive in the recent two-match test series against Australia, where he picked up 10 wickets and scored 153 runs in the first test to help his side register a historic victory.
His request for the Test break comes amid concerns over player fatigue, as well as criticism that players are prioritising earning money over representing their countries. A change in the Test squad came when Bangladesh Cricket Board accepted all-rounder Shahikb Al Hasan's plea to get a Test sabbatical, in order to better manage his workload.
He also plays for Twenty20 teams in multiple franchise-based leagues around the world.
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