“Even in the ICC, I don’t see any other country other than England and Australia showing interest to play Tests. As a board, they are not interested in Tests. The broadcasters are also not interested. They say they don’t have any interest where there is no audience,” Hassan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“We are seeing in our country that some of our senior players don’t want to play Test cricket. Shakib doesn’t want to play Tests. Mustafiz also doesn’t want to play, but he hasn’t mentioned it. He wants it to a point. Maybe since he is injury-prone, he feels he will get injured playing Tests?
“Maybe they feel Test is quite tough, say for someone like Rubel (Hossain). Bringing in younger players is our only option.”
Shakib had previously been granted exemption from participating in the Test series against South Africa last year upon his personal request.
Mustafizur, meanwhile, missed the Test series in the West Indies due to an injury he sustained while playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The BCB chief has warned that the pacer will not be granted a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to play in overseas T20 leagues for the next two years.
“The saddest part is that he (Mustafizur) gets hurt playing franchise leagues, and then can’t serve the country. It is not acceptable. I have already told him that he can’t play outside for the next two years,” Hassan stated.
Rashid signed a white-ball only contract with Yorkshire earlier this year after being ignored by England’s Test set-up for over a year. The 30-year-old has played only 10 Tests so far in his career with his last appearance in the five-day format coming against India at Chennai in December 2016.
However, Rashid’s excellent display in the ODI series win against India has seen the leg-spinner being touted as a possible selection for the Tests. The spinner picked up five wickets in the series and managed to dismiss India skipper Virat Kohli on a couple of occasions with two ripping deliveries.
“Right now I’m focussing on white-ball cricket for Yorkshire… But if England do want me to be part of the squad for the Test series (against India), then I’ll consider it,” the Englishman wrote in his diary for Sky Sports.
“I made the decision earlier this year to focus on playing white-ball cricket to see how it felt, but always knew that if I found I was missing red-ball cricket, then I would go back to it. So, if the selectors come and show faith in me, then I would consider it, whatever role they want me to play,” he added.
England coach Trevor Bayliss had also talked up Rashid’s chances of earning a Test recall.
“That’s a decision Adil has got to make. I’m not sure whether (chief selector) Ed Smith has had a chat with him or not,” said Bayliss.
“Could he get picked in the Test team on white-ball form? It’s already happened once this year. I’m sure he’ll be up for discussion, definitely.
“This year is probably the best we’ve seen him bowl. His control and his consistency has been top class.”
The highly anticipated series between England and India will get underway at Edgbaston on August 1 with the first Test.
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