Bangladesh cricket team is not been in the good times since they are into the World Cup tournaments. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan seems to battle strong against Afganisthan to bring back normalcy to Bangladesh’s cricket.
Shakib is the front runner to lead the side across formats after the departure of Mashrafe Mortaza, is aware of the current state of cricket in the country and insists that it is an added motivation for his team to clinch a win against Afghanistan in the one-off Test match which is scheduled to begin at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from September 5. The weather forecast for this match, however, does not look good at all with plenty of rain expected on each of the five days.
“Winning this match is very important, As I am seeing it because we did not have a good period overall for some time now whether it is with the A team, academy team- we could not perform very well except the under-19s. So from that perspective, if we win this match, I think the situation will start looking normal again. Doesn’t matter [if we win] in a good way or a bad way. It’s same if it’s 10 or 100 runs win but winning is most important,” he said.
Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan with their tried and tested formula of playing on their spin attack.
“I personally don’t feel bothered [about the criticism]. When we play in England and Australia, they play four seamers and no spinner. Do we criticize that? So I don’t think there is anything to be worried about this. I don’t think about these matters at all. We will try to win this match, and for that, if we have to play two or three seamers we will, or if we have to play with one, we will. We will try to stick with the plan and work according to that” – Shakib said.
“We have bowled well at home. Whenever our spinners got their chance and got their preferred wicket-they played well. My whole bowling attack will try to get 20 wickets, otherwise, there is no chance. These ones, who will play, will try to get 20 wickets as early as possible. And batsmen will try to score as many runs as possible. That’s why I said, our target is to do the basic works perfectly,” – Shakib added.
“There will always be some challenge for the batsmen to perform because their fast bowlers are good too and spinners are so well. So a big challenge is waiting for our batsmen. But I have faith in my batsmen. The level of preparation we have taken in the past two weeks; I don’t think we should work more than that. Everyone has given their best. Now we can feel proud if we can show that in the field,” – he said.
“Normally we have to bowl a lot in our country or sub-continent. It’s hard to bat top order after bowling for so long. If there is any chance that I bowl less, then I may bat from the top order,” said Shakib.
“Last time when we played in the West Indies, I batted at four. But it’s tough to bat at three or four after bowling 25-30 overs. Focus is very important in Test for a batsman. You have to be in fresh-mind to hold your focus. So I think batting a little down is better for me,” – he concluded.