Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is returning home from South Africa. He is expected to take a flight on Thursday, confirmed Tanvir Ahmed, chairman of the media department of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Along with his two children, at least four members of Shakib’s family are hospitalized for different illnesses. Shakib wants to stay with his family during this time.
The allrounder is expected to fly for South Africa ahead of the second Test against the hosts starting from April 7 in Porth Elizabeth. However, he is going to miss the first Test starting from March 31.
The Bangladesh team won their maiden ODI series in South Africa on Tuesday. Shakib was one of the mainstays in this series for the Tigers. He was awarded the player of the match for his fifty in the first match Bangladesh won by 38 runs.
The allrounder was uncertain in this series. Right before the series, Shakib had said that he was unable to play international cricket for some mental issues. He was granted a two-month break from BCB too. But he changed his mind and opted to take part in this series.
Meanwhile, with winning the ODI series in South Africa, Bangladesh secured their place at the top of the ICC World Cup Super League points table.