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Bashar: First ODI win was a relief

  • Published at 09:41 pm July 23rd, 2018
Bangladesh players celebrate during their first ODI against the West Indies in Guyana Sunday AFP

More than winning the game, it was the manner in which they achieved victory that has pleased the former Tigers captain

National selector Habibul Bashar said Bangladesh’s 48-run win over host West Indies in the first of three ODIs at Providence Stadium in Guyana Sunday was a victory of relief.

More than winning the game, it was the manner in which they achieved victory that has pleased the former Tigers captain.

Following a series sweep in the two-match Test series, the Tigers displayed a clinical performance in the first ODI.

The Tigers first posted a challenging total, riding on the heroics of opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib al Hasan.

The Bangladesh bowlers then did a flawless job, led by ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza.

In the process, the Tigers registered their first win on Windies soil since 2014.

"It is a big relief, to be honest. We did not have a good Test series and we all know that was not our way of playing cricket. We always start criticising the team even on the slightest of mistakes, which I think is not right. These are the players who have been performing for us for a long time now. I am happy for the fact that we have done well in our best format. It is important for us to do well in ODIs, given we have the World Cup next year," said Bashar to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Monday.

"I am happy but still we need to think about our Test performance. We need to work on this format to get good results in the matches we have ahead," said the former Bangladesh batsman.

The BCB has been mulling binding the national cricketers to the domestic longer-versions for a long time now.

The national cricketers often pull themselves out from longer-version tournaments in the shape of the National Cricket League and Bangladesh Cricket League citing personal reasons.

As of now, the BCB has not been enough strict regarding this matter.

However, following yet another disastrous Test series, the board is planning to force the players to play a minimum version of longer-version cricket in order to get selected for the Test team.

"Playing first-class cricket should be must for the national cricketers. It is in the regulations. Players are rested only when they have played enough cricket in a year. And they take rest as prescribed by the physio. On top of that there is also the fact that the national cricketers are often busy with national duty and do not get to play enough domestic cricket. But I believe if there is option, then they must play first-class cricket for their own betterment," said Bashar.