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India U19 Image: PTI
India U19 Image: PTI

Hrishikesh Kanitkar Opens Up Ahead Of India’s U19 World Cup 2022 Campaign

Hrishikesh Kanitkar says his side would set short targets when it competes at the Under-19 World Cup, where the past Indian teams have created a rich legacy. The under-19 World Cup begins in the West Indies on Friday and India kick-off its campaign with a match against South Africa on Saturday.

ICC U19 World Cup 2022 is all set to kickstart on January 14, 2022. The venue of the tournament is West Indies. A total of 16 teams are part of it. These 16 teams are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams each. A total of 48 ODI matches will take place during ICC U19 World Cup 2022 and multiple games are scheduled to be played each day. There are 4 groups in ICC U19 World Cup 2022- A, B, C, and D.

U19 World Cup Trophy. Photo- ICC
U19 World Cup Trophy. Photo- ICC

Hrishikesh Kanitkar: One Have To Start Afresh Despite India’s History Of Winning U19 World Cup 4 Times

Bangladesh, Canada, England, and UAE are part of group A. India, Ireland, South Africa, and Uganda are part of group B. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and Zimbabwe are part of group C. Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and West Indies are part of group D.

“There is a huge legacy since India has done so well in this tournament. It doesn’t help that we have won four times. There is a new team, so you have to start afresh,” Hrishikesh Kanitkar said during an online media interaction ahead of the marquee event.

“We don’t want to look too far ahead at things like the IPL auction and the Ranji Trophy. What we need to do is to just focus on what we can do in this tournament. We, as a coaching unit, keep them focussed on what they can do in the short term,” Hrishikesh Kanitkar added.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who represented India in 2 Tests and 34 ODIs in his three-year-long international career, will always be remembered for his match-winning boundary against Saqlain Mushtaq in the side’s memorable win over Pakistan at Dhaka in January 1998. India then required three runs to win from two balls, in fading light as the winning four enabled them to post a memorable victory over the arch-rivals in Dhaka, chasing a 300-plus target.

Asked about playing under difficult circumstances as players are being forced to stay in bio-bubbles, the former India cricketer said it is better to get used to it.

“Yes….it is a challenge. What we need to realize is that this is the norm now. It is better to get used to it. It is the reality now, staying in the bubble, The boys will be able to learn from this, after this World Cup also, when they need to stay in bubbles, they will be up for it,” Hrishikesh Kanitkar said.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar is remembered for his heroics in the final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan in 1998 © Getty Images Hrishikesh Kanitkar is remembered for his heroics in the final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan in 1998 © Twitter (Amit Verma)
Hrishikesh Kanitkar is remembered for his heroics in the final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan in 1998 © Getty Images

The Indians head into the Under-19 World Cup with a victory in the under-19 Asia Cup and the head coach said it was of great help as the team got to play together.

“It is important because we had not played together as a team. For us, it was important in terms of team building and getting matches under our belt. It has been of great help,” Hrishikesh Kanitkar said of the win in the U-19 Asia Cup.

The coach emphasized that the team had good fast bowling all-rounders with Rajvardhan Hangargekar of Maharashtra developing well.

“It augurs well for the future. The talent is there…it is about grooming and handling them well. Rajvardhan is a really exciting prospect and bowls at a fair clip. He has a good yorker and a bouncer and he is not a bad batsman. You will find that out in the tournament. He is keen to do well for the team. These are good signs,” he said.

New Zealand decided to withdraw from the tournament owing to “extensive mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors on their return home”, because of Covid-19. Bangladesh beat India to win the Under-19 World Cup in 2020. It was their first World Cup win at any level.

India, they have won the title four times – in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018 – and has a win percentage of 76.83. Australia has won the tournament thrice, in 1998, 2002, and 2010, while Pakistan has clinched the title twice, in 2004 and 2006. Bangladesh (2020), South Africa (2014), West Indies (2016) and England (1998) have won the tournament once each.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar Feels Yash Dhull Can Do Justice To The Job Of Captain

Asked what went in favour of Yash Dhull that he got the captaincy, Hrishikesh Kanitkar said he had the respect of the players which was important.

“The primary quality is to have respect from the players. I think that is what he has, the respect of the team. He is able to take tough calls. Every time, especially while fielding, he can’t be told to do things, he needs to make his decisions. He is up to it. I think his instincts are tuned fine and think he can do justice to the job,” Hrishikesh Kanitkar added.

Yash Dhull Image Source: Google
Yash Dhull Image Source: Google

The Indian under-19 captain Yash Dhull, who looks up to the Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, felt it was important to take it game by game.

“The morale in the team was good. It is important to take it game by game and see how to improve game by game. We will keep our intent and take it as it comes,” he said.

About the interactions, the team had with the legendary VVS Laxman, who heads the NCA now and India’s white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma, Dhull said, “They told us about their experiences and that will surely help us in the tournament ahead.”

The Indian under-19 skipper said the pitches in West Indies were on the slower side.

India: Yash Dhull (c), Harnoor Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, SK Rasheed (vc), Nishant Sindhu, Siddarth Yadav, Aneeshwar Gautam, Dinesh Bana, Aaradhya Yadav, Raj Angad Bawa, Manav Parakh, Kaushal Tambe, RS Hangargekar, Vasu Vats, Vicky Ostwal, Ravikumar, Garv Sangwan.

Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tamim Iqbal Ruled Out Of New Zealand Tour Due To Thumb Injury

Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh opener, has been ruled out of their two-Test series in New Zealand in January because of a thumb injury, as per a report on Tuesday. It’s been more than four months since the Tigers’ left-hander last played international cricket.

The report quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury as saying Tamim Iqbal would need a month’s rest to recover from the injury he picked up last month. Debashish Chowdhury said that the 32-year-old will need the rest of one more month to get back to shape.

Tamim Iqbal: File photo
Tamim Iqbal: File photo

Tamim Iqbal Ruled Out Of Bangladesh’s Both 2 Test Series Against Pakistan And New Zealand

Last week, Tamim Iqbal, who opted out of this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, citing a lack of game time as he recovered from a knee injury, was ruled out of Bangladesh’s two-Test home series against Pakistan, which starts on Friday, due to the injury.

“He met the physician and they have advised him to take a one-month rest though he won’t require any surgery,” Chowdhury told Cricbuzz.

“In that case, he’s missing the New Zealand tour.”

Tamim Iqbal(Photo- Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal(Photo- Twitter)

Bangladesh is due to play the first Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui from Jan. 1, followed by the second match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch from Jan. 9. Both Tests will be part of the teams’ World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.

Tamim Iqbal Opted Out Of T20I World Cup 2021

Tamim Iqbal, who last played for Bangladesh in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in July, had missed the entire T20 World Cup for the Tigers after he sustained a knee injury. The left-handed batsman opted out of the tournament in order to give a chance to the young openers like Mohammad Naim and Liton Das. Tamim Iqbal, who is also Bangladesh’s ODI skipper, said he learned he had a thumb fracture through X-ray reports.

With 4788 runs from 123 innings, Tamim Iqbal is currently the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in the Test format. The southpaw also has 31 fifties and nine hundred to his name. Bangladesh played three T20I matches against Pakistan, all of which they lost before the two-Test matches are scheduled. The first Test match will be played between November 26-30  in Chattogram, followed by the second Test in Dhaka starting on December 4.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

After finishing second in Group B, Bangladesh qualified in the 2021 T20 World Cup but lost all their Group 1 fixtures in the Super 12 stage. Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out in the middle of the tournament owing to a hamstring injury, and his participation in the Pakistan series also remains doubtful.

The veteran all-rounder, though, has been picked in the Tigers’ squad for the opening Test against Pakistan, but his fitness will be assessed before the contest. Uncapped Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja have been called up for the game.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq Slams Bangladesh For Its Unsuccessful Overseas Record

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistani skipper, has come down hard on the Bangladesh cricket team over their unsuccessful results away from home.

The 51-year old has opined that Bangladesh’s away performances are still similar to what they used to be 15 years ago. Inzamam-ul-Haq feels Bangladesh has harmed its own chances of competing abroad by making slow pitches in its own turf in Bangladesh.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq: Bangladesh’s Away Performances Are Like 15 Years Back

Following Pakistan’s win against Bangladesh in the first T20I, he posted a video on his official YouTube channel, ‘Inzamam-ul-Haq The Match Winner’.  In his video, Inzamam-ul-Haq slammed Bangladesh and lamented that they haven’t learned much from their poor T20 World Cup 2021 campaign. He feels that apart from winning an odd ODI away from home, the Bangladeshi team has not done well on foreign turf.

“I thought Bangladesh would’ve learnt something from their poor World Cup performances. That maybe they will make better pitches or play better cricket. They’ve been playing cricket for the last 15-20 years and their away performances are just like it used to be 15 years back. It’s like winning an odd ODI once in a blue moon and nothing else,” said Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Bangladesh shocked the cricketing world by defeating Australia 4-1 and New Zealand 3-2 prior to the 2021 T20I World Cup, but it came on their own turf, but overseas, they have only beaten minnows Zimbabwe, Ireland, and inconsistent West Indies in the T20I bilateral series.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

The Tigers were one of the poorest teams during the recent T20 World Cup in the UAE, losing all their matches in the Super 12s. Low bounce and sluggish surfaces have become synonymous with Bangladeshi pitches. Teams like Australia and New Zealand have found it extremely difficult to survive on these kinds of surfaces.

Inzamam-ul-Haq: As Soon As Bangladesh Plays Outside They Seem Desolated

In his review, the former Pakistani cricketer pointed out that they seem’ desolated’ whenever Bangladesh plays outside their country. He added that by making ‘pathetic pitches’, they are preventing the development of their own cricketers.

Inzamam-ul-Haq said: “It was a typical match (1st T20I between Bangladesh and Pakistan) in Bangladeshi conditions. We’ve seen this over the years. Teams like Australia and other found it extremely difficult to win in Bangladesh. But as soon as Bangladesh plays outside of their country, they seem desolated.”

“They were nowhere to be seen in the recent World Cup. And this is because they make absolutely pathetic pitches in their country. They don’t even give their players a chance to groom and feel satisfied just by winning matches in Bangladesh. I’m extremely disappointed to see this,” Inzamam concluded.

After winning the first T20I by four wickets, Pakistan will look to clinch the series when the two teams meet in Dhaka for the second T20I later today (November 20).

Bangladesh will have a lot to ponder about after the loss in the first game but do not have too much time as they face Pakistan less than 24 hours after the first game. With several new faces in the squad after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Bangladesh put up a tremendous fight but will be ruing the missed opportunity, having had Pakistan’s backs against the walls at 24/4 chasing 128.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali. Pic: Getty Images
Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali. Pic: Getty Images

Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, and Mahedi Hasan were the only three batters to reach double figures, with the latter two providing some late impetus to put a target of 128 for Pakistan to chase down. Hasan Ali put the disappointing World Cup semi-final showing behind him and returned with figures of 3/22 in four overs.

Like Bangladesh, Pakistan too faltered early, losing four wickets in the fielding restrictions. However, Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah, who scored 34 each, strung together a game-changing 56-run partnership before Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz put on a show for the crowd in Dhaka with an unbeaten 36-run stand in just 15 balls to take Pakistan home and give them a 1-0 series lead.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad once again chose to bat first after winning the toss against Pakistan, in the second T20I in Dhaka. The home side didn’t make any changes, while Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi replaced Hasan Ali.

Sri Lanka, West Indies
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ICC Confirms 8 Of 12 Teams To Play T20I World Cup 2022 Super 12 Stage; Sri Lanka, West Indies Out

ICC confirmed eight of the twelve teams that will play in the Super12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2022 next year, following the 2016 T20I WC defending champions West Indies‘ defeat to Australia.

West Indies lost their final league game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to Australia, meaning the defending champions’ campaign at this edition came to an end on Saturday. Following the same, automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 are now confirmed.

Out of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2022 edition of the tournament, eight of the twelve teams from this year will go through directly into the Super12 stage. As the T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in Australia, they are the first team to go through as the host nation. The remaining seven teams are England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

ICC Confirms Automatic Qualifiers For The 2022 T20I World Cup In Australia

The automatic qualifiers for the T20 World Cup 2022 are to be decided by the winner and the runners-up of the ongoing T20 World Cup, along with six teams that are ranked next highest on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings by November 15, which is the cut-off date for the same. Therefore, West Indies and Sri Lanka will need to play an additional qualifying round to enter the Super 12 stage of the next T20 World Cup in 2022.

“The automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage were determined to be the winner and runner-up of the current T20 World Cup, alongside the next six highest ranking teams on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings at the cut-off date of November 15,” the ICC stated.

ICC- International Cricket Council , AFP File Photo
ICC- International Cricket Council, AFP File Photo

“On Saturday, the teams that will fill those spots were confirmed courtesy of West Indies’ loss to Australia, which means they will sit 10th by the cut-off date, with Bangladesh climbing to eighth,” it further said. 

England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia are the current top six teams. However, before West Indies’ clash with Australia, these six teams confirmed that their rankings will not go down during the remainder of the 2021 T20 World Cup.

West Indies Slipped Down To 10th Spot In Rankings While Sri Lanka Is Just Above Them At Ninth

West Indies losing to Australia also ensured that Afghanistan, which is ranked seventh at the moment, will not drop below eighth, no matter what will be the outcome of their upcoming games in this edition. With this defeat, West Indies dropped down to the tenth spot, with Sri Lanka just above them at ninth. Bangladesh has risen to the eighth position, thus gaining the cut for the 2022 edition.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter

West Indies, therefore, will have to play the first round of the 2022 tournament to make it to the Super12s. They will be accompanied by Sri Lanka, Namibia, and Scotland in the same. West Indies managed to win just one match in the ongoing tournament, while Bangladesh lost all its games in the Super 12 stage.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan Is Available For Scotland Match But Tired After Playing IPL: Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan, fresh from Kolkata Knight Riders’ appearance in the IPL final on October 15, is “tired” but available for Bangladesh’s first match against Scotland in the T20 World Cup, confirmed captain Mahmudullah.

In the IPL 2021 second leg at UAE, Shakib Al Hasan has been a silent contributor with his bowling—pulling off spells of 1/20, 1/1, 0/24, 0/28,0/33. Like before, Shakib Al Hasan continues to be indispensable for KKR.

Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

Shakib Al Hasan Is Available But Tired After Playing For KKR In IPL: Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan played 8 matches for KKR in IPL 2021 and picked 4 scalps bowling 26 overs and managed 47 runs.

”Shakib is available. Probably he is a bit tired after coming back from the IPL but he is there with us,” Mahmudullah said.

Bangladesh, admittedly missing their full-strength squad, lost both their warm-up games but the captain said that he’s not worried about the warm-up losses but is only focused on the upcoming games for now. Bangladesh batsmen failed to get going in the practice games, finishing with scores of 147-7 and 144 all-out against Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively. They eventually lost both the matches, by four wickets and by 33 runs.

”I am not bothered what others are saying and I feel as a team we have the ability. We are not bothered about the practice games as we missed few players and now we know what we have to do,” Mahmudullah told reporters ahead of their opening encounter against Scotland.

Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images
Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images

”We will play hard cricket and if we can play to our potential result will take care of itself. We have to cross a few barriers and we want to go step by step and I hope if we can play good cricket tomorrow we can go a long way.”

Bangladesh will have to play the qualifying tournament of the ICC T20 World Cup this year. Bangladesh’s Twenty20 side defeated hosts Zimbabwe 2-1 in July, beat Australia 4-1 at home in August and completed a 3-2 series victory against New Zealand in Dhaka.

Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says that the team will take confidence from series wins against Australia, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that series wins against Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will boost their chances at the T20 World Cup despite a record that shows just one victory at the tournament since 2007.

Mahmudullah Has Full Faith In Out Of Form Mushfiqur Rahim

Mahmudullah added that he has full faith in Mushfiqur Rahim’s form and feels that he just needs to have one good match to regain his touch. Mushfiqur Rahim, who failed to be available against Australia at home for failing to report before the bio-bubble deadline, managed to score 39 runs in the five-match T20 home series against New Zealand. Furthermore, he scored 0, 13, and 4 respectively against Oman A, Sri Lanka, and Ireland.

”We are not concerned about Mushfiqur form and he will come back. He just needs one good innings to regain his form and it might be tomorrow. We all know about his capability and we fully back him.”

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. – AFP

In Group A, Bangladesh is slotted alongside Scotland, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, and looks like they are well-placed to qualify to the Super 12 of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh is coming into the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12. In fact, since losing to New Zealand in March away from home, Bangladesh has registered series wins over Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1), and New Zealand (3-2).

And if they manage to qualify, Bangladesh will join India, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the Group topper in the Super 12 and that should be incentive enough for Bangladesh.

Aminul Islam Biplob. (Photo by Hannah Peters-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
Aminul Islam Biplob. (Photo by Hannah Peters-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Aminul Islam Biplob – Travelling Reserve Of Bangladesh Squad For 2021 T20I World Cup Returns Home

Aminul Islam Biplob, Bangladesh leg-spinner, has returned home from Bangladesh’s campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on Saturday, October 9. The 21-year-old was one among the travelling reserves for the mega event in the UAE, along with veteran fast bowler Rubel Hossain.

As per reports, Hossain has been kept in the squad as a travelling reserve, keeping in mind slight injury concerns to their pacers.

Earlier, Bangladesh has picked Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, and Mohammad Saifuddin as their fast-bowling options for the World Cup scheduled to take place in the UAE. Hossain will come into the picture only when a pacer is ruled out of the forthcoming tournament.

Aminul Islam Biplob
Aminul Islam Biplob. Credits: Twitter

Aminul Islam Biplob, Bangladesh Leg Spinner Returns Home

Mahmudullah Riyad will lead Bangladesh at the 2021 T20 World Cup, with all their major successful players in the mix, with the exception of Tamim Iqbal, who opted out of the tournament recently. There were no real surprises in the 15-member squad, with the selectors clearly focussing on the most recent performances, away in Zimbabwe and then at home against Australia and New Zealand.

“Biplob (Aminul Islam Biplob) is returning. We have kept Rubel as part of precaution as a couple of pace bowlers are carrying slight niggle,” national selector Habibul Bashar was quoted as saying to the reporters.

Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain ©Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic
Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain ©Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic

”Rubel will be with us for the entire event as Reserve Player. In case any player is ruled out, Rubel will join as a player from the status of Reserve player and the rule is not new as this is in practice from the 2017 Champions Trophy,” Rabeed Imam, senior manager media and communications of BCB, told Cricbuzz.

Updated Bangladesh squad

Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain

Reserves: Rubel Hossain

Taijul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain were two of the prominent names to miss out on, but neither of them has been Bangladesh’s T20I regulars in the recent past. In contrast, Rubel Hossain and Aminul Islam Biplob have been included as reserve players before the latter- Aminul Islam Biplob returned home.

Bangladesh Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad May Not Play The Warm-Up Game Against Sri Lanka Due To A Sore Back

Bangladesh is set to go to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, October 10, to play two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland. Thereafter, the Tigers will return to Oman on Friday, October 15, for the first round of the World Cup. Mahmudullah Riyad, Bangladesh’s most successful T20I skipper, may not play the game against Sri Lanka due to a sore back.

Mahmudullah has led Bangladesh in 26 T20Is AFP/Getty Images
Mahmudullah has led Bangladesh in 26 T20Is AFP/Getty Images.

Their first match is against Scotland on Sunday, October 17, at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat. In the same round, the Tigers will also lock horns with Oman and Papua New Guinea at the same venue on October 19 and 21, respectively. Bangladesh will be going into the event on the back of series wins against Zimbabwe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh Want To Go To 2021 T20I World Cup With Confidence: Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan believes Bangladesh has more than enough time to prepare for the T20 World Cup, and that the team will head to the upcoming tournament in UAE and Oman having built a “winning mentality” following recent series victories against Australia and New Zealand.
Bangladesh will arrive in Muscat at least two weeks ahead of their first match, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will be playing the IPL’s UAE phase, which Shakib Al Hasan feels will help him collect intelligence for the team. Bangladesh is in preliminary Group B with Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman for the tournament that begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Bangladesh vs New Zealand. Image Credits: Twitter

Shakib Al Hasan: Since Bangladesh Will Be In Oman At Least 15-16 Days Before T20I WC, Players Will Have Enough Time To Acclimatize

Bangladesh named all the players who completed a series win over New Zealand in their squad for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup. Mahmudullah Riyad will lead the side that took a 3-1 lead in the New Zealand series on Wednesday with one match still to play.
Bangladesh, with a mix of established performers and rising new stars, have fielded an unchanged side for the first four matches against New Zealand. Mohammad Naim and Liton Das retained their places as openers in the World Cup squad after established opener Tamim Iqbal declared himself unavailable.
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images.
“I am hopeful that the IPL will help everyone,” Shakib said. “We will be spending time in those conditions, play matches too. Mustafiz and I can share the experience with the rest of the team. We will understand the other players’ mindset, what they are thinking about the World Cup, and then report it back to our players.”
“Our team will be in Oman at least 15-16 days before the World Cup, which is enough time for acclimatizing with conditions and wickets. I don’t think pitches and conditions here will have any impact over there. We have built a winning mentality, which will help us be confident in the World Cup.”
Shakib Al Hasan, however, continued to criticize the pitches at the Shere Bangla National Stadium where Bangladesh won the last two T20I series against Australia and New Zealand. Shakib Al Hasan was one of four batters to score more than 100 runs in the two series, averaging 17.66 with a 97.54 strike rate batting in the top-order in nine games. The collective batting average in both series was 14.73 and 16.48 respectively.

Shakib Al Hasan: Bangladesh Well Prepared By Winning The Last 3 T20I Series

Shakib Al Hasan had said after the first match against New Zealand that the pitch was more difficult than the ones used in the preceding Australia series. He said that the batters will have to forget about playing in Dhaka if they are to do well in the T20 World Cup.
“Those who played the last nine-ten matches, are all out of form. That’s how the wicket was. Nobody did well. I hope the batters don’t count this performance. Careers will end if any batter plays 10-15 matches on these wickets. Let’s not take this into account. Everyone will try hard to win games for the country.”
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“I think we are well prepared, by winning these last three (T20I) series. There’s been a lot of criticism about pitches and low scores, but there’s nothing better than winning. Such a winning streak takes confidence to a different level. You wouldn’t have it if you played well but lost. We want to go to the World Cup with confidence.”

In their last three T20I series, Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe, Australia, and New Zealand. The side has gotten the experience of playing on low and spinning tracks and the same kind of surfaces can be expected in the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh will arrive in Muscat at least two weeks ahead of their first game, while Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman will be playing the IPL’s UAE phase.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says Bangladesh will head to the 2021 T20 World Cup later this year full of confidence after series wins against Zimbabwe, Australia, and New Zealand. Bangladesh’s Twenty20 side defeated hosts Zimbabwe 2-1 in July, beat Australia 4-1 at home in August, and completed a 3-2 series victory against New Zealand in Dhaka on Friday.

Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shamim Hossain

Reserves: Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob

Bangladesh Cricket Team
Bangladesh Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Bangladesh Cricket Board Willing To Give NOC To Shakib Al Hasan And Mustafizur Rahman To Play In The IPL 2021

Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday that they are now willing to give a no-objection certificate to their cricketers to take part in the remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League in the UAE, as the home series against England is rescheduled.

Bangladesh Cricket Board had earlier stated that they are not willing to give a no-objection certificate to Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman to take part in the remainder of the 2021 IPL as they expected them to be with the national team for the preparations of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman during IPL 2021
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman during IPL 2021 (Photo- KKR)

Bangladesh Cricketers Mustafizur Rahman And Shakib AL Hasan Looking To Get NOC For Remaining Part Of IPL 2021

However, the decision of ECB and BCB to postpone England’s tour of Bangladesh to March 2023 has opened the door for the duo to take part in the remainder of IPL.

”Yes, if they apply and if we don’t have any international commitment they can go and take part in IPL. We are yet to receive any official letter from them in this regard and if we get that, the board will make a decision,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz on Tuesday.

England’s planned tour of Bangladesh, which was due to take place in September and October 2021, will now take place in March 2023, it has been confirmed. The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board have mutually decided to reschedule the tour, which includes three One Day Internationals and three T20 internationals. The tour is planned to take place in the first two weeks of March 2023.

Bangladesh Cricket Board, @BCB
Bangladesh Cricket Board, @BCB

Bangladesh was scheduled to host England for three ODIs and as many T20Is, which would have served as preparations for the T20 World Cup. The Bangladesh cricketers Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan are likely to get NOC to take part in the remaining part of IPL 2021 and this will be great news to the IPL fans.

Mustafizur Rahman had a good season for Rajasthan Royals picking up 8 scalps in 7 games until the IPL 2021 was suspended due to bio bubble breach while Shakib Al Hasan just played 3 games scoring 38 runs and picking 2 scalps and had to wait for his opportunity in the strong Kolkata Knight Riders squad.

Bangladesh Pull Off A Stunning Victory In The First T20I Against Australia

Nasum Ahmed starred for Bangladesh with four wickets for just 19 runs and helped them defend one of the modest scores of 131. It was a spinning track, and the home team used their spin dominant bowling attack to their advantage rolling up the men in yellow for just 108.

Nasum Ahmed[photo: Twitter]
Nasum Ahmed[photo: Twitter]
This is Australia’s fifth defeat in the last six T20I games as they were coming off a 1-4 series loss to West Indies. Bangladesh has taken an early lead of 1-0 in the T20I series and Australia will look to put up some better performances in the upcoming matches. This is Bangladesh’s first win against Australia in T20Is.
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton
Shakib Al Hasan flings the stumps after umpire Mahfuzur Rahman calls for the covers Walton

Shakib Al Hasan Apologises For Kicking Stumps In A DPL T20 Match

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh all-rounder had a shocking on-field meltdown during a Dhaka Premier League (DPL) T20 match in Dhaka, kicking stumps and arguing with umpires in a display of appalling behavior for which he later apologized calling it a ‘human error’.

Shakib Al Hasan’s apology notwithstanding, kicking the stumps is as good as a Level 3 offense and could eventually lead to a one-match suspension for the former Bangladesh skipper.

Shakib Al Hasan DPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan DPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Apologizes For Losing His Temper During A Dhaka Premier League Match Playing For Mohammedan Sporting Franchise

The 34-year-old’s anger got the better of him during his Mohammedan Sporting franchise’s game against Abahani Limited. The DPL encounter was eventually won by his team via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

In scenes rarely seen at a top-level cricket match, Shakib Al Hasan’s temper flared up on two different occasions in one Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match on Friday: he first kicked the stumps, and later uprooted a whole set of them and flung them to the ground.

“I’m extremely sorry for losing my temper and ruining the match for everyone and especially those who’re watching from home. An experienced player like me shouldn’t have reacted that way, but sometimes against all odds it happens, unfortunately,” Shakib tendered an official apology on his Facebook page.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“I apologize to the teams, management, tournament officials, and organizing committee for this human error. Hopefully, I won’t be repeating this again in the future. Thanks and love you all,” he further wrote.

During the match held at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, a Mushfiqur Rahim leg before appeal being turned down by the umpire led to the furious captain kicking the stumps.

Shakib Al Hasan Ran To Uproot All The Stumps At The Non-Striker’s End When The Match Officials Called For A Rain Break With 1 Ball Left In The 6th Over

On the second occasion, he ran from his mid-off position to uproot all the stumps at the non-striker’s end when the two match officials called for a rain break with one ball left in the sixth over of the Abahani innings.

The footage of the incident since then has gone viral and it is believed that he was angry because one more delivery would have ensured that a minimum of six overs is completed for a match to yield a result. The match did start eventually and his team won easily.

Shakib Al Hasan reacts after umpire turns down LBW appeal
Shakib Al Hasan reacts after umpire turns down an LBW appeal Shamsul Hoque


He was also caught on camera getting into an ugly altercation with former Bangladesh international and current Bangladesh Cricket Board director Khaled Mahmood Sujon. Shakib Al Hasan had earlier hit the headlines for wrong reasons in 2019 when he was slapped with a two-year ban, one year suspended, for not reporting a corrupt approach.

Off the last ball of the fifth over, Shakib Al Hasan struck Mushfiqur Rahim on the pads, only for umpire Imran Parvez to turn down the appeal. Shakib Al Hasan immediately kicked the stumps at the non-striker’s end and argued with the umpire, with some of the Mohammedan Sporting players surrounding the pair. Then the fielders moved on as it was the end of the over.

Then, after the fifth ball of the sixth over, umpire Mahfuzur Rahman indicated to the groundsmen to bring on the covers as a light rain had begun. Shakib ran in towards the umpire from his fielding position and ripped out all the three stumps from the non-strikers’ end and flung them on the ground.
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan May Prolong His International Career To Play 2027 World Cup

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder has revealed his wish to go to retirement only after winning the World Cup. And for that to achieve, he might even keep playing till 2027.  Shakib Al Hasan said this during his appearance in Daraz Live chat on Thursday (April 1).

First asked when Bangladesh would win the World Cup, Shakib Al Hasan gave an instant reply, “2023, because it would be my last World Cup.” But once the presenter insisted on what would happen if Bangladesh could not win the next World Cup, he responded: “Then I would keep playing till the 2027 World Cup to win it.”

Shakib Al Hasan | AFP
Shakib Al Hasan | AFP

Shakib Al Hasan Always Want To Win World Cup For Bangladesh And Has Been Part Of 4 World Cups

Shakib Al Hasan’s desire to win the 50 over World Cup with Bangladesh is nothing new. He has said time and again that the biggest achievement of his cricketing career would be to win the World Cup, and he has always targeted the 2023 World Cup to be held in India to finally win it.

Shakib Al Hasan has so far played four 50 overs World Cups for Bangladesh since the 2007 edition. While he captained Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup, the 2019 edition turned out to be individually his most successful one, when he scored 606 runs and picked up 11 wickets.

File image of Shakib Al Hasan | AFP
File image of Shakib Al Hasan | AFP

But in spite of Shakib Al Hasan’s outstanding performances both with bat and ball, Bangladesh finished 8th out of 10 teams in the last World Cup in England and Wales. If Bangladesh qualified for the semifinals, Shakib Al Hasan could have won the Man of the Tournament award.

Shakib Al Hasan Is In India To Take Part In IPL 2021 For KKR

He is now in India to take part in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kolkata Knight Riders. He was absent from the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand due to paternity leave, and will also skip the two-Test series in Sri Lanka as he wants to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup by playing in the IPL. He, however, will return for the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) upheld all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The BCB even thought of reconsidering his NOC for the tournament after the miscommunication between the board and the all-rounder.

Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is set to return in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the upcoming edition which begins on April 9. He will be back in action after serving a one-year ban and don the Purple & Gold jersey of Kolkata Knight Riders once again.

He was part of KKR’s title-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014. He had featured in three matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019 before the ban led to his ouster from the game. Now in his second innings at KKR, he is ready to play any role that his team expects from him in the upcoming season.

The 34-year-old, who was bought by his former franchise for 3.2 crores in the players’ auction in February 2021. The two-time champions will kick-start their IPL 2021 campaign against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai on April 11. Shakib Al Hasan has played 43 IPL games amassing 498 runs averaging 21.65 and picked 43 scalps averaging 25.6 for KKR. He has also played 20 games for SRH.

He missed the 2020 edition on account of being banned for not reporting corrupt offences. He played 63 IPL matches scoring 746 runs at an average of 21.31 with two 50s and a high score of unbeaten 66 and taken 59 wickets averaging 28.

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