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Mashrafe urges that Shakib be given enough support

Mashrafe informed that what Shakib said carried meaning

Update : 28 Jun 2022, 06:42 PM

Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza urged that the newly named Test captain Shakib al Hasan should be given enough support before being questioned.

Mashrafe’s statement came on the back of Bangladesh’s 2-0 series whitewash against hosts West Indies. 

In both the matches, Bangladesh struggled with their batting unit and this triggered the discussion of when the cricketers will understand the mentality needed to play longer-version cricket.

And following a 10-wicket defeat in the second Test against the Windies at Saint Lucia Monday, Shakib got involved in widespread criticism after he claimed that if Bangladesh has not been able to build a culture for longer-version cricket, then the supporters must take their share of the blame.

Shakib in the post-match questioned, “How many people in Bangladesh watches Test cricket?” 

He was handed the Test captaincy ahead of the tour of the Caribbean after Mominul Haque had stepped down from the role. 

“We were never a good Test team. We had won some matches home in between and was heading towards progress. But we are now deteriorating again. We never performed well regularly. We are a good ODI side and have been performing well in this format since 2015. One good thing now in Test is we have an experienced captain like Shakib but things will not change overnight. Shakib has said a few things [following the second Test] and it does have meaning,” said Mashrafe to the media Tuesday.

“You need to give [Shakib] time. We will be able to recover from the current state if they are given time. You have fallen back a lot especially in Test cricket. At the same time we should realize that playing Test cricket in the West Indies is not easy. The condition is tough and then you have to play with Dukes ball. England and the West Indies used Dukes ball while Bangladesh and other teams use Kookaburra balls. You have to consider all the facts and not put pressure on the team,” the right-arm veteran pacer added.

The occasion is the third that the Bangladesh Cricket Board has entrusted Shakib with the charge of the Test team.

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

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

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

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

This time he 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 saw Mominul fit to lead in Test cricket.

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