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Dhaka Tribune

Shakib focused on match, not criticism

Update : 26 Apr 2013, 08:32 PM

Former English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has always been critical of Bangladesh’s status as a Test playing nation. The Tigers’ 335 run loss in the 1st Test against Zimbabwe brought on another salvo from the Yorkshire man.

On Cricinfo’s Bowl at Boycs podcast last week, Boycott stated that the ICC have wasted far too much money on Bangladesh. He went on to add that Bangladesh’s cricket has received more money than it deserves from the ICC, and the country’s results indicate that it has not been worth it.

Bangladesh’s ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan upon hearing of Boycott’s comments, laughed lightly before calling it a stunt to gain attention.

“We are actually not worried about what he is saying. There are times when some try to come under the light, saying whatever they like. It seems that he is more worried than anybody in the Bangladesh team!” said Shakib at the media conference yesterday. In the fifth annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2005, Boycott spoke of Bangladesh in an equally dismissive way, calling them an “embarrassment to test cricket”. Bangladesh ended the second day of the second Test in a favourable position. After scoring 391, Bangladesh have Zimbabwe at 151-4.

“Taking some wickets in the early session tomorrow (today) will put us on top and we need to continue the good performance,” said Shakib. Shakib noted the importance of having dismissed Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor, who scored twin centuries in the first Test.

“We had plans to attack him after he scored well against us in the previous game. So we had plan today and though he survived for some time, I think he was uncomfortable from the very beginning,” said Shakib, scored 81 in Bangladesh’s first innings.  

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