Rides and melodies in Shakib’s mind

Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned to Dhaka yesterday morning alongside the team after a three-game ODI run at Chattogram and, refreshingly, he was available for reporters and answered questions after appearing in afternoon to fulfill a commercial commitment.

Everyone was curious about his availability for the next round of Tests in South Africa after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chairman Nazmul Hassan confirmed on Monday that Shakib would play the Tests. “Since he is not playing in the IPL, there is no other option,” the BCB chief said after the third ODI against Afghanistan in Chattogram.

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However, Shakib was in no mood to talk shop. Instead, he seemed thrilled to share his passion for music and cycling.

Shakib said he loves riding in his hometown of Magura and sometimes tries to do the same in Dhaka around midnight when the roads are free. It also emphasizes the importance of taking all necessary safety precautions before riding a bicycle.

The first all-rounder added that he loves music and tunes are essential for driving. He also developed his love affair with a classical instrument, the guitar.

Despite these unusually enthusiastic tangents, reporters remained keen to hear his decision on the South Africa Tests series.

Hassan had added in his previous comments: “After the game today (Monday) I had a conversation with Shakib from afar. I can’t come near. I told him that when you come back after having played the South African tests, I will sit down with you. He said to me with a smile “whatever you say”.

Yesterday, Shakib only responded with a wry smile when asked about the comments.

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