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Shakib not taking Afghans lightly

  • Published at 09:02 pm August 26th, 2019
Shakib al Hasan
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Considering Afghanistan’s spin strength hosts Bangladesh are in thoughts to prepare ‘green wickets’

Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan is in no mood to take Afghanistan lightly despite the huge difference in experience in longer-format between the two teams. Afghanistan emerged as a Test playing nation in 2017 and conceded a defeat by an innings and 262 runs in their maiden Test against India last year. The side played their second Test match against Ireland, another newbie in the longer format, and registered a seven-wicket win in the game played in Dehradun in March this year.

Bangladesh backed by their 19-year-long experience in the longest format of the game should be relaxed. But that’s not the case with Shakib who understands the potential of Afghanistan, a side that has been a proven one in limited-over cricket.

“The manner Afghanistan has improved, they are challenging in all formats of cricket. We [Bangladesh] will need to play some good cricket and depend on a total team effort but not on individual performance. They have a few players that can be dangerous for us,” Shakib told reporters during a media interaction at a hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.

Considering Afghanistan’s spin strength hosts Bangladesh are in thoughts to prepare ‘green wickets’. Shakib is tight lipped on making a comment on it and is seeking to get confidence from home advantage.

Given the lone Test against Afghanistan is not part of the recently inaugurated Test championship, Bangladesh have the luxury of experimenting the combination. Shakib admitted to it but emphasised on the fact that the team will be out on the field for a win despite any combination.

Bangladesh will begin its Test Championship campaign playing host India in a two-match series in November this year.

“Every team play to win so doesn’t matter if it’s a big team or a small one. Doesn’t matter if the team has new players or not, the aim is simply to win the game. It cannot be an excuse that we were trying out new players. So we will have the target to win the game despite any combination that we play with. We will have experienced players if the team thinks that they have more chance to perform,” Shakib explained.