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Rhodes sees life after big five

  • Published at 07:35 pm December 16th, 2018
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Bangladesh team during training in Sylhet in December Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Steve Rhodes is of the opinion that Bangladesh can certainly hope for a bright future after promising performances in recent times from the likes of Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes and Liton Das

In addition to the big five – Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah - of Bangladesh cricket, the national team are in good hands thanks to the emergence of quite a few young performers, believes Tigers head coach Steve Rhodes.

Rhodes is of the opinion that Bangladesh can certainly hope for a bright future after promising performances in recent times from the likes of Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes and Liton Das.

“The big five gets a mention a lot. And I respect them and I think they are wonderful players. But I’m so pleased that Bangladesh possess more than the big five. You’ve only gotta look at Miraz, and his season so far and what he’s been doing for a while now. A young fellow who’s a great all-rounder, good fielder, he can bat well and he’s a wonderful spin bowler who bowls well at any time. He plays all formats and is a great example,” said Rhodes during the pre-match press conference in Sylhet Sunday.

“The other one is Fizz (Mustafizur). I mean Fizz doesn’t seem to get a mention, in my eyes he is one of the best death bowlers in the world, one of the best one-day bowlers in the world. Liton Das, he’s got crucial runs for us in the Asia Cup final.

“Look at Soumya’s couple of innings he has played recently. Imrul in the one-dayers against Zimbabwe was outstanding. So I think we’ve got quite a few of the guys now who are standing up. Let’s call it the magnificent 11. Because I think we are a team and Shakib and all the other boys in the magnificent five, they’ll be happy because it will take a lot of the pressure off them.”