[caption id="attachment_643212" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-643212" alt="Shakib Al Hasan (l) is taken a sabbatical from Test for a while AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/shakib-rahim.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Shakib Al Hasan (l) is taken a sabbatical from Test for a while AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With no <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Shakib-Al-Hasan" target="_blank">Shakib Al Hasan</a> in the side, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh" target="_blank">Bangladesh</a> are already handicapped in the experienced department against South Africa. Bangladesh, led by Mushfiqur Rahim, are scheduled to play a 2-Test, 3-ODI and 2-T20I series in South Africa. Rahim has pinned his hopes on players such as Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman to rise to the occasion. <p></p> <p></p>According to a report published on <i>IndianExpress</i>, Rahim said, Every player wants to do well. There has been a lot of talk about Imrul, Sabbir and Soumya. While criticism is acceptable, please don t do it unnecessarily. If they can t perform, Bangladesh will lose more. <p></p> <p></p>He further adds, It will take a lot of time to replace these players. It is hard to perform consistently so please don t question them repeatedly. If they do badly, at least they will know that people around them are supportive." <p></p> <p></p>In the Test series against Australia, Imrul and Soumya failed miserably, while Rahman managed to cross the 50-run mark once. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking on Shakib s unavailability, Rahim opined, We need two players to replace Shakib. It is a bad news for a captain that the No. 1 player is missing. But those who will play in his place have a great opportunity in front of them. We played without Shakib against West Indies, Zimbabwe and New Zealand and we won, but we will still miss him. I hope he can use the break to recover fully. <p></p> <p></p>Asked if Rahim himself needed a break from Test, he said, I haven t become such a big player that I will need a break.