[caption id="attachment_641929" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-641929" alt="Shakib was one of Bangladesh's key players in the series against Australia AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Mushi-shakib-afp.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Shakib was one of Bangladesh's key players in the series against Australia AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Johannesburg [South Africa]:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh" target="_blank">Bangladesh</a> Test skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mushfiqur-rahim" target="_blank">Mushfiqur Rahim</a> has said that although he is not happy with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shakib-al-hasan" target="_blank">Shakib Al Hasan</a>'s decision to miss the upcoming Test series against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa" target="_blank">South Africa</a>, he respects the all-rounder's move to take a short break from the longest-format of the game to prolong his international career. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has granted a short break to Shakib from Test cricket. However, the duration of the sabbatical is shorter than the six-month period which he had asked for. <strong>READ: <a title="Dale Steyn eyeing Bangladesh Test series return" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dale-steyn-eyeing-bangladesh-test-series-return-641498">Dale Steyn eyeing Bangladesh Test series return</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Expressing his dissatisfaction over the star player's decision, Mushfiqur said, "Obviously I am not happy, being the captain of the side. He asked for a break to have some rest from his workload, that's his personal decision which I also respect. At the same time, if he was injured we would have had to play without him, so that's part of life," as quoted by <em>Sport24</em>. <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh had roped in experienced batsman Mahmudullah Riyad as Shakib's replacement into the 15-man squad for the two-Test tour to South Africa. Reflecting on the same, the skipper said that although Riyad's inclusion would add experience to the side, they would badly miss Shakib. <p></p> <p></p>"The inclusion of Riyad Bhai will add some experience to our side as he is a very seasoned campaigner for us. But still I would say Shakib is Shakib, and we are going to miss him badly," Mushfiqur said. <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh are slated to play four Tests, two each against South Africa and Sri Lanka, over the next six months. <p></p> <p></p>They will also play three ODIs and two T20s, during their South Africa tour, while there are also a number of limited-overs matches scheduled against Sri Lanka.