Bangladesh should adopt a rotation policy to prolong the careers of their top players and unearth new talents, premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has said.
The 32-year-old, undoubtedly the best cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced, was granted a break from the team's short tour of Sri Lanka for three one-day internationals after his heroics at the World Cup in England.
He told reporters in Dhaka."A player can't play all the time, they need to take breaks,"
"The responsibility falls on both sides. It is also the responsibility to understand (when) a player is saying that I need or a break, or the coaching staff is telling a player, you need a break. So both sides must understand."
"I will give you an example from India. Their players had the least injuries in their history last year. One of the main reasons was their rotation policy.”
"At the same time, their players were fresh when they came to the side. Everyone, including Virat Kohli, got rested for one of the formats.”
"When these breaks are in place, you can give more opportunity to players and you will have players in the pipeline as well. So we have to plan by looking at the bigger picture."
Bangladesh witnessed a spate of injuries to their players during the World Cup, where they finished eighth among 10 teams.
Shakib was the lone shining light for Bangladesh during the tournament, finishing third on the run-getters' list with 606 runs from eight innings while also picking up 11 wickets with his left-arm orthodox spin bowling.
He pleaded for all the stakeholders of the game to be on the same page to take cricket forward in Bangladesh.
"If we can work together, I think our cricket can go forward like it did in the last four years."