Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan wishes to play the 2027 ICC Cricket World Cup if the team fails to win the 2023 edition of the mega event. Bangladesh failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the mega event in 2019 despite Shakib scoring 606 runs at an average of 86.57 with two centuries and five half-centuries.
The 33-year-old also picked up 11 wickets, including a five-wicket haul against Afghanistan. He was one of the frontrunners to win the player of the tournament award but lost out to New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, eventually. Shakib Al Hasan further insisted that he doesn’t have any plans of hanging his boots from the highest level.
“In the year 2023. It’s my last World Cup. If Bangladesh don’t win, I will continue until 2027. I have no plans of retirement as of now. The prospects are open for the time being. When I will feel I’m not enjoying the sport anymore, then I will retire. And until the time I feel I am enjoying, I will continue,” Shakib was quoted as saying in an interview with Daraz.
The southpaw also spoke on the current Bangladesh team and wishes to bring changes in the mindset of the Tigers. His comments came after the team lost all their six matches on the tour of New Zealand. After getting whitewashed in the T20Is, Bangladesh lost the three ODIs as well.
“(If a get a chance) I want to change the mentality of the Bangladesh cricket team. I don’t wish to give an explanation on this now,” he added.
Shakib, who recently became a father for the third time, also ran into a controversy with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after he chose to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the Test series against Sri Lanka. He is set to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL after being brought at a price of INR 3.2 crores