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Siddons believes Shakib would play more Tests now

Siddons also thinks Shakib would handle Test captaincy well

Update : 04 Jun 2022, 09:35 PM

Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons opined that Shakib al Hasan will now be available for more of the national duty given that he has been named the new Test captain.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board Thursday named Shakib the captain after Mominul Haque had earlier stepped down from the position.

Left-handed batter Mominul relinquished the charge on the back of heavy criticism for both his below par form and claims of him not being able to lead the team well.

Since BCB’s decision to bring Shakib back in the role once again, discussion has been wide on several issues, including if the decision by the board has been wise to hand the charge to a player who in recent time has been picky when it comes to playing longer version cricket for the country.

Shakib has missed 20 out of 39 Tests played in the last six years.

Questions have also been raised on BCB’s integrity to hand the captaincy role to a cricketer who has been troublesome – for various reason over the years – despite being brilliant for the country on the field.

The decision is believed to have shown that the board was short of options when it came to finding a captain in a short notice.

Siddons believes Shakib has no option but to play for the national team bearing in mind that he is now the captain.

“When he [Shakib] is the captain, he will have to play. It's pretty hard to captain [a side] when not playing. I think he is excited about the prospect of being the captain again. I think we will get to see a great example of leadership that we may have been missing for a while," said Siddons to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Former Australia cricketer Siddons highlighted the positives of Shakib leading in Test cricket – a format in which Bangladesh heavily struggles despite playing the longer version for around 22 years now.

“I think there are two positives [of Shakib being reappointed as captain]. Shakib's a very good captain and a very good thinker of the game. He is also a consistent performer. So, he will do a great job as a captain. Everyone follows him. So he will be a great leader,” said Siddons.

“The other good thing is that Mominul can now focus on his batting, in which he has been struggling a little bit. So, now he can focus 100% on his batting. We need him performing. We know he is a good player and we need to get that back. It will be nice to see him without the weight of captaincy on his shoulders so that he can just be a bit free with his cricket,” Siddons said.

The occasion is the third that the BCB has given Shakib charge of the Test team.

Shakib first played as Test captain in 2009 in place of the injured Mashrafe bin Mortaza on tour of the West Indies.

In his first Term, Shakib performed the role for 13 months, leading in nine Tests and winning once. 

Shakib was relieved from the role in 2011 following below par performance in the tour of Zimbabwe.

In 2017, Shakib was made Test captain for the second time and also appointed T20I skipper.

This time Shakib guided Bangladesh in five Tests and won twice against the West Indies at home but faced a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan.

Shakib would have led the team further if the International Cricket Council had not imposed a ban on him for failing to report corrupt approaches.

In such a situation BCB entrusted Mominul with the responsibility.


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