Denies he is indulging in mind games in delaying his team announcement in the face of Australia’s clarity.
Atletico Madrid are another Spanish side in danger of not advancing, as they sit last in Group ‘B’.
The Test series will form part of the new cycle of the World Test Championship, while ODIs will count towards the Super League.
A dozen players from Pakistan are taking part in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) T20 competition.
Only 63.2 overs of play were possible over the first two days with Pakistan reaching 188-2 in their first innings.
It took India just 43 minutes in the first session to wrap up the win after New Zealand had resumed on 140-5.
Local media reported that Shakib’s letter asked to withdraw for “family reasons”, without giving further details.
England captain Joe Root is less forthcoming about England’s lineup.