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Shakib not available for second Test against South Africa: BCB chief selector

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the second Test against South Africa, BCB's chief selector confirmed on Friday (April 1).

Shakib had to return home from South Africa after the third ODI due to a family emergency. BCB, however, didn't rule him out of the Test series as they had hoped that he would be available for the series-concluding second Test against South Africa.

Shakib is understood to be flying over to the USA on Friday. ''He (Shakib) is not available for the second Test against South Africa,'' said Minhajul Abedin to Cricbuzz. ''He informed us that he will be going to the USA as he needs to set up his family there,'' he added.

Shakib, initially, did not want to play in South Africa citing mental and physical tiredness but changed his mind at the insistence of BCB. After the second ODI, BCB offered him the chance to return to Bangladesh to be with his sick family members but he refused as he wanted to play the last game.

Incidentally, after the historic ODI series win versus South Africa, Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal had praised his team-mate for staying on with the side despite having a family emergency. ''It takes a very big heart to endure what Shakib is going through. Not many people could have done it. There would be nothing wrong to want to be with one's family in such a situation.

"For me, his performance wasn't important. But the dedication that he showed, it was the most important thing. Four or five members of his family are in the hospital. He is still playing and smiling with the team. It takes a big heart," he said.

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