Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been granted a leave for the two Test matches Bangladesh will be playing, when it starts the South Africa tour on Sep 28.
Earlier on Monday, Khan said that they have received a letter from Shakib seeking a six-month break from Tests.
The BCB is expected to announce the squad for the South Africa series in the afternoon.
Shakib’s request has surprised many. The cricketer is currently in the middle of a career-best run in Test cricket. He has scored 665 runs in his last seven Tests, his highest in any calendar year. He has also taken 29 wickets.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play only four Test matches in the coming six months.