His sabbatical from Test cricket has caused quite a stir at home and abroad. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan spoke to the media on Tuesday to explain the decision.
The world's best all-rounder was at ease, despite he needing to answer a number of embarrassing questions.
"I can play if I want. But do you want me to play for five to seven years? Or you want me to play just for two years? Playing the game without being at my best is meaningless," said Shakib.
"I want to play as long as possible. This break will help me come back refreshed and energised. I will be able to play for five more years at least, without any worries. I think that is more important than one-two matches or one-two months," he added.
The player also thanked the board for keeping his request. "If I do not play these two Tests, it will mean a month's break for me. I have not got it in the last 3-4 years. I want to thank the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board). It's me who would know my physical condition the best. I am glad that BCB listened to me."