Naib was wary of Shakib al Hasan’s red-hot form and hopes they will restrict the southpaw from scoring runs or taking wickets
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib admitted Bangladesh side as very competitive but believes his side can produce good result especially after the way they played against India on Saturday.
Bangladesh are facing Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Southampton on Monday. It is the same venue where Afghanistan played against India just a day before and they restricted the strong India batting line up for just 224 in 50 overs.
The pitch was relatively slower during India-Afghanistan match and Afghanistan in the end fell 11 run short. The match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be played at the same pitch so Afghanistan will have a slight advantage considering their knowhow with the surface.
“Bangladesh have started really well in this tournament. They have shown their skills in this tournament, how they have played so far, and they even chased 322 against West Indies. So I think credit goes to them. But we have one of the best spin attacks in the world. When wicket is suitable for us, then it becomes very difficult, not only for Bangladesh, but it will be difficult for everyone. Yesterday you saw it against India as they are one of the best sides and they have one of the best batting attacks all over the world. So if the wicket helps our spinners, so maybe it's very difficult for everyone, not only for Bangladesh,” said Afghanistan skipper Naib during the pre match press conference on Sunday.
Naib was wary of Shakib al Hasan’s red-hot form and hopes they will restrict the southpaw from scoring runs or taking wickets.
“Shakib is one of the best players of Bangladesh. Also, he's playing together with Nabi and Rashid in franchise cricket. I think he is the best. But tomorrow will be new day and it depends how well you can play in that particular day. Tomorrow could be Shakib’s day or may be our day. If it becomes our day then it will difficult for everyone, not only for Shakib,” Naib concluded.