While talking to ESPNCRICINFO the world No. 1 all rounder says that he is not sure whether he will play in county cricket this year or will go for rest. He says; "The county cricket (stint) hasn't been confirmed yet. I still don't know if I would play (county), even if I am fit, I haven't stopped (playing) for the last three years, so I am thinking that only if I get a 15 to 20 days rest after the IPL, I will go and play in England. If they [whichever county team he might sign with this season] tell me to go and join them straight after the IPL, I won't go, that's what I have planned."
"I have played a lot of cricket, I need a break. I have some stuff of my own to take care of," he added. "To play good cricket, one needs to stay away from cricket too."
Shakib is coming off a productive year, in which he came with an average of 44 with bat while 29 with ball in ODI cricket, following by test cricket in which he averaged 50 with the bat and 29 with ball.
"Personally, I want to improve by finishing matches for the team," Shakib said. "My bowling isn't going that well too. It's difficult to keep both going, batting and bowling. I feel that it is hard to concentrate on both in training. I have seen that if I take one discipline and work on it, it gets better. But to work on both is a bit difficult. It is a problem at times, so there's a lot of room to work hard."