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Shakib marks their performance 0 out of 10

  • Published at 08:39 pm September 9th, 2019
Shakib al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Chittagong

Shakib following the game also stated he will be benefited personally if he does not remain the captain and if remains so, he has a lot to discuss with the Bangladesh Cricket Board going ahead

Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan rated his side zero out of 10 in the lone Test where they conceded a humiliating 224 runs defeat against Afghanistan at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Monday. Bangladesh were put above Afghanistan for their differences in strength, experience and for having the home advantage. But as it happened, the hosts horrifically failed in all departments and in execution of strategies as they handed a historic win to the newbie in Test cricket.

Shakib following the game also stated he will be benefited personally if he does not remain the captain and if remains so, he has a lot to discuss with the Bangladesh Cricket Board going ahead. Shakib leads Bangladesh in Test and also T20I.

Due to rain Bangladesh had to face only 18.3 overs in the last day to salvage a draw while Afghanistan needed four wickets for a glorious victory. But the home side got off to the worst start after resumption as overnight batsman Shakib got out in the first delivery, nicking on to wicketkeeper. Soumya Sarkar had put some resistance with tail enders on the other end Man of the match Rashid Khan, who took six scalps, picked up the remaining wickets and Afghanistan won with 3.2 overs remaining in the game.  

“How would you mark the performance?” Shakib was asked after the match at the presser at ZACS on Monday. 

“Zero”, answered the captain, adding, “It is definitely hard to accept (the result). This is disappointing. Because we had four wickets, we had to play one hour and ten minutes.”

“It is difficult to explain about the others but I can explain mine. Because I got out on the first ball, that made the situation more difficult. The responsibility is mostly on me. If I should not have played the cut-shot, the ball was not for that shot but I played that shot, the team became under more pressure for that,” said the Bangladesh all-rounder.

The shocking defeat coming against only a three-match old Afghanistan has raised question to the domestic cricket competitions of the country and also the ability of the cricketers in longer version. Shakib is reluctant of not playing the first-class competitions for over four years now and is driving himself with experience from international cricket. But that has not been the case with others, particularly the junior members of the team who are regulars in first-class competitions at home.

“Looking at the result, I would say, we don’t have [the ability]. If we had that ability we could show more. Taijul’s dismissal was bat-pad connected. But Miraz had wasted the review early. I think a player who played cricket for only one day would even understand that it was an out. If he did not take that review, Taijul could use it and it could help us more. Because Taijul batted well in the first innings, he had defended the ball well. So such issues will be there. Like Soumya, he put his hand on his head after taking that run; it means he doesn’t understand what he needs to do, what is his role. These things are needed to be learnt and they should gather experience. And how many days it will take to learn, not easy to say,” said Shakib.

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